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As the first big night of Glastonbury Festival performances began, some of the biggest female acts in music talked about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which took away the federal right to abortions in the U.S.
Billie Eilish, a pop star, was the youngest headliner in Glastonbury's history. She took the stage with her brother and fellow artist Finneas and played her song "Your Power."
Eilish told the crowd at Worthy Farm, "Today is a really dark day for women in the U.S." "I'm just going to say that right now because I can't stand to think about it any longer. I guess this song is about that..."
The singer of "Ocean Eyes" released her song "TV" earlier this month. It criticizes the internet's fixation on celebrity drama and lack of knowledge about reproductive rights.
One of the lyrics in the song talks about the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: "The internet is going crazy watching movie stars on trial while they're overturning Roe v. Wade."
Phoebe Bridgers, an indie-rock musician who performed earlier, was also one of the artists at Glastonbury who spoke out against the Supreme Court's decision. The "Motion Sickness" singer spoke out about the court's decision while wearing an all-black suit on stage.
“In all honesty, [the festival] is like super surreal and fun. But I’m having like the shittiest day ever,” Bridgers admitted to the packed crowd.
“Are there any Americans here? Who wants to say f— the Supreme Court on three?”
The audience roared back as the Grammy-nominated artist led the chant: “One, two three… F– the Supreme Court! F– that shit. F– America… F– you.”
“All these old, irrelevant motherf—kers trying to tell us what to do with our bodies,” Bridgers continued as she strummed her guitar.
Bridgers previously spoke out about abortion rights leading up to Friday’s events. She revealed to fans on Twitter that she had an abortion last October and “everyone deserves that access” following the leak of the Supreme Court’s drafts.
I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) May 3, 2022
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Female artists weren’t the only ones at Glastonbury who were outspoken on the ruling.
Joe Talbot, lead singer of British rock band Idles, spoke out as he introduced his song ‘Mother.’
“They just reversed the laws back to the middle ages in America where they’re just deciding whether it should be illegal to have an abortion or not.”
As the Glastonbury Festival goes on all weekend and artists like Paul McCartney, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar perform, you can expect to hear more about the landmark ruling.