The Internet Clapped Back at a Troll Who Body Shamed Billie Eilish
Twitter isn't about to let Eilish be dragged for wearing a tank top and shorts.
After a paparazzi image of Billie Eilish made its way to the internet over the weekend, the thing that Eilish anticipated would happen happened—she was criticized for her body. But, of all the things we're willing to put up with in the year 2020, criticizing an 18-year-old for her appearance is simply not one of them, and the internet is shutting down body-shaming trolls left, right, and center.
In a 2019 ELLE Magazine feature, Eilish, who was then just 17, noted that she wears oversized clothing to keep the critics at bay. "I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my boobs," she said, adding, "I was born with fucking boobs, bro." If she wears anything remotely form-fitting, social media instantly reminds her of that, and not in a nice way.
So, when Eilish stepped out during the pandemic wearing a tank top and shorts, it was sadly unsurprising that she immediately garnered attention.
However, before the troll army could come out in full force, the internet stepped in to stand up for Eilish.
The tweet in question have gotten over 5,000 likes, but the supportive "are you serious?" responses racked up tens of thousands.
"Calling out" or joking about Eilish showing more skin than usual is honestly just odd. Body shaming doesn't do anything but perpetuate toxic beauty standards and damage a person's self confidence and concept of self worth—and for what?
We're tired of it. And thankfully, we're in the majority.
And, uh...are we really going to let a troll get away with thinking "Billie Eilish bad" because she wore a tank top to run an errand when the goddess has five Grammys under her belt? No, we don't think so.
Upon seeing the masses come to her defense, Eilish responded by posting a video of herself smiling on her Instagram Stories. She also reposted a video from comedian Chizi Duru, and all we can say is, yes, yes, and more yes.
"I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body," Eilish told ELLE back in 2019. "What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable?...I know it would be a huge thing. I know people will say, 'I’ve lost all respect for her.'"
Let's make sure this doesn't happen—for Eilish and for every person who feels like they can't be themselves without facing backlash. If we band together once again, we can absolutely prove them wrong.