The headliners of this weekend’s popular Glastonbury Festival used the stage not only to give listeners the sounds of their music, but also to give members of the Supreme Court of the United States a part of their spirit .
The five-day festival in Glastonbury, England, saw pop singers and rappers express their displeasure Roe vs. Wade knocked down on Friday.
Olivia Rodrigo is a 19-year-old American singer who dedicated her song “F*** You” to the Supreme Court. Rodrigo was accompanied by Lily Allen for his song.
“I am heartbroken by what happened in America yesterday,” Rodrigo told his fans. “The Supreme Court decided to strike down Roe vs. Wade, which is a law that guarantees a woman’s right to a safe abortion and other basic human rights. I’m devastated and terrified, and so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.”
Rodrigo said the song’s dedication was not to the entire Supreme Court but to the five justices “who showed us that at the end of the day, they really don’t care about freedom.”
Lorde, a 25-year-old singer from New Zealand, told the Supreme Court what they can do with themselves – and what women can do with their ‘strength’ – as she took the stage on Sunday afternoon.
“Want to hear a secret from the girls? Your bodies were meant to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. This horror is your birthright,” Lorde told the crowd. “But here is another secret. You possess strength. This wisdom is also your birthright. I ask you today to make the exercise of this wisdom your life’s work because everything depends on it. F* ** the Supreme Court.”
Lorde then brought in fellow Glastonbury performers Clairo and Arlo Parks to sing “Stoned At The Nail Salon”.
Billie Eilish, who is a 20-year-old American singer-songwriter, took to her place on the Pyramid stage over the weekend to say it was a “dark day for women” in her home country.
“Today is a really, really dark day for women in the United States,” Eilish said. “I’m just going to say this because I can’t bear to think about it any longer.”
Eilish then dedicated her next song, “Your Power,” to women. The song is about older men who abuse their power to influence others.
Here are the first lines of this song:
Try not to abuse your power
I know we didn’t choose to change
You may not want to lose your power
But having it is so strange
Then there was American rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was the final headliner on Sunday night in England. He kicked off a chant of “They’re judging you, they’re judging Christ! Farewell for women’s rights!” before singing his final song, “Savior”.
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court overturned the historic 1973 decision of the Roe vs. Wadewhich now returns the right to abortion to the states rather than being a federal law.
Since then, protests have taken place not only across the country, but around the world.