"Do you know me? Really know me?"
The clip shows the “bad guy” singer alone against a deep black background as she slowly disrobes before submerging herself in water - all the while asking a series of questions about self-image, public opinion, and ultimately body-shaming.
The video’s release comes just a little over a month after Eilish responded to negative comments on social media images shared from her Hawaiian vacation, admitting at the time feeling as if she simply “can’t win.”
“You have opinions, about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me,” Eilish continues, once again addressing a recurring theme. “I feel you watching. Always. And nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief - if I lived by them I’d never be able to move.”
“Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman? If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?"
“We make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth,” she says at the end of the piece. “If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
Billie Eilish recently received a loving spoonful of praise from two of music's biggest names -- U2's Bono included Eilish in his 60th birthday playlist of songs that saved his life, and Paramore's Hayley Williams has expressed interest in Eilish modeling her 'Good Dye Young' hair color line, for obviously amazing reasons. The Office star Rainn Wilson, on the other hand, had some concern about her binge-watching habits.