Billie Eilish took to Instagram to set some things straight about the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by police this past week, tons of enraged Americans have taken to the streets to protest these injustices and express their rightful outrage. As is often the case when a black person is murdered by police, the insufferable All Lives Matter crowd suddenly came out of the woodwork to act willfully dense about what BLM stands for. It’s for this reason that the 18-year-old Grammy winner decided to use her “enormous platform” to passionately explain why she supports Black Lives Matter, and why all her followers should too.
“I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately,” she began in her Instagram post. “I have an enormous platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and how I say it…But holy f*cking sh*t I’m just gonna start talking.”
“If I hear one more white person say ‘aLL liVeS maTtEr’ one more f*cking I’m gonna lose my f*cking mind,” she continued. “Will you shut the f*ck uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup???? No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything at all about you…..All you mfs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”
She then resorts to explaining the situation as if she were speaking to children because “it feels like that’s the only way you mfs will understand. If your friend gets a cut on their arm are you gonna wait to give all your friends a bandaid first because all arms matter? No you’re gonna help your friend because THEY are in pain because THEY are in need because THEY ARE BLEEDING! If someone’s house was on fire & someone is stuck in the house, are you gonna make the fire department go to every other house on the block first because all houses matter? No! Because they don’t f*cking need it.”
“You are privileged whether you like it not,” Billie continues, addressing the predominantly white All Lives Matter preachers. Society gives you privilege just for being white. You can be poor, you can be struggling..and still your skin color is giving you more privilege than you even realize & nobody is saying that makes you better than anyone. It just lets you live your life without having to worry about surviving simply because of your skin colour!! You are privileged!! If all lives matter why are black people killed just for being black? Why are immigrants persecuted? Why are white people given opportunities that people of other races aren’t? Why is it okay for white people to protest literally being asked to stay at home while carrying semi-automatic weapons? Why is it okay for black people to be called thus for protesting the murder of innocent people? Do you know why???? White. F*cking. Privilege.”
“Does white privilege affect Hispanic people?” she asks. “Native Americans? Asian people? Yes for f*cking sure it does. 100000000000000% But right now in this moment…we have to address hundreds of years of oppression of black people. The slogan of #blacklivesmatter does not mean other lives don’t. It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don’t f*cking matter!!!!!! And they f*cking do!!!!!!! It means Black. Lives. F*cking. Matter.” She then repeats the slogan three more times before concluding her statement with the hashtag #justiceforgeorgefloyd.”