The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion a federal right in the United States, sparked a global outcry. The bodies and lives of women and gay men are at stake in legislative decisions, with states now allowed to ban abortion, as dictated by religious scruples and skewed moral codes.
Musicians joined in the chorus of anger and disbelief. “To hell with the Supreme Court. Damn America! said Phoebe Bridger during his Friday set at Glastonbury, the day the decision was announced. “All these dull old motherfuckers telling us what to do with our fucking bodies. »
On the same day, Pyramid Stage headliner Billie Eilish echoed Bridgers’ concern, “This is a really dark day for women in the United States,” she said, before play a heartbreaking rendition of his 2021 pop ballad, “Your Power.”
On Saturday, Olivia Rodrigo invited Lily Allen on stage to perform Allen’s 2009 single, “Fuck You.” “I am heartbroken by what happened in America yesterday,” Rodrigo said before performing the song. “So many women and girls are going to die because of this. I want to dedicate the next song to the Supreme Court… who doesn’t care about freedom.
Rodrigo then briefly addressed the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the decision; “we hate you. »
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During Sunday’s Pyramid Stage headline, Kendrick Lamar wrapped up a career-defining set with the song “Savior.” At the end of the song, he added the prickly chant, “They judge me, they judge Christ, women’s rights to God.”
Meanwhile, on the Twittersphere, Lizzo revealed that she was put money where it counts. She pledged $500,000 to pro-choice organizations Planned Parenthood and Abortion Funds, which were matched by Live Nation, making an incredible donation of $1 million.
Taylor Swift – who lives in Tennessee, one of the southern states triggering immediate bans…tweeted that she was “terrified”; “After so many decades of fighting for women’s right to control their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. »
Even non-American musicians have expressed themselves: “…because you are not an American citizen, it does not mean that the overthrow of Roe V Wade is none of your business”. tweeted Charlie XCX. ‘I can’t believe I grew up thinking America was the best place on earth’ tweeted Zara Larson.
The key to securing rights is to break down any stigma associated with it and establish abortion as a health right that women should be able to easily access.
But that right is obscured by biased judgments and misinformation spread by male-dominated conservative lawmakers, who prefer to point fingers at individuals rather than understand their realities and life choices.
With its massive audience and far-reaching reach, pop activism plays a big role in debunking religion-tinged prejudices and guiding the narrative to emphasize the importance of reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.
Bridgers had an abortion last year and has spoken about it openly. Talk to the guardianshe said her activism “doesn’t mean that you force everyone to have the same opinions as you,” but rather that people “realize.”
That’s absolutely it. Their voices will encourage others to look beyond the Supreme Court’s decision and question it. Whether it’s a tweet, a word, a donation or bringing a Glastonbury crowd of thousands to shout “Fuck America”, it all helps – and must continue until women and homosexuals everywhere are free to choose.
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Words: Charis McGowan
Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels
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