People Are Defending Billie Eilish After a Troll Objectified Her On Twitter
It all started with a photo of Eilish wearing a white tank top.
Billie Eilish is still pretty new to pop-superstardom. That doesn't mean she hasn't already encountered her fair share of haters and negative comments. But fortunately, she has a strong base of supporters ready to defend her against the (many) trolls of the world.
Case in point: Over the weekend, a photo of Eilish wearing a white tank top began circulating on social media. Some people felt it was necessary to comment on the singer's appearance in the photo. In fact, one Twitter user shared the pic and wrote, "Billie Eilish is THICK."
Pretty soon, thousands of people took to Twitter to clap back at the troll. (Related: Women Shared Some of the Nasty Comments They've Received About Their Body)
To be clear, commenting on any person's body is never okay. And as many people pointed out on Twitter, it's especially inappropriate to comment on a 17-year-old girl's body.
"Billie Eilish is not only 1) a minor (17) but also 2) wears baggy clothes so that she doesn't receive creepy comments like this about her body," wrote on Twitter user.
Another person echoed that sentiment: "[Eilish] literally said she chooses to wear baggy clothes so nobody can say sh*t about her body. The fact she even has to worry about that is sick." (Related: Demi Lovato Clapped Back at a Reporter for a Body-Shaming Headline)
"I don't know what's worse. You sexualizing a minor or you sexualizing someone who has gone out of their way to cover themselves," said another person.
Those Twitter users are right, BTW: Eilish does go out of her way to wear baggy clothing in public.
"I never want the world to know everything about me," she recently said in a Calvin Klein ad. "I mean, that's why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven't seen what's underneath, you know? Nobody can be like, 'Oh, she's slim-thick, she's not slim-thick, she's got a flat ass, she's got a fat ass.' No one can say any of that, because they don't know." (Related: Anna Victoria Has a Message for Anyone Who Says They "Prefer" Her Body to Look a Certain Way)
Plus, Eilish has already made it clear that being in the public eye generally makes her uncomfortable. "Fame is horrible," she recently told Marie Claire. "It's worth it because it lets me play shows and meet people, but fame itself is f*ckin' dreadful."
Maybe instead of commenting on Eilish's body and making her feel more uncomfortable, perhaps the internet could talk about her album, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" hitting number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Or the fact that she made history as the youngest artist to ever be selected for BBC's Sound of 2018 Longlist.