The video for the pop aces new single has outraged numerous Christians. But its no guilt to sing about the climate crisis
And the Bible said:” God did not spare the angels when they sinned”( 2 Peter 2:9 ). Nor, it seems, did God spare Billie Eilish.
The 17 -year-old pop star’s unsettling new video detects her a fallen angel, ejected from Heaven and arriving on Earth to find it a deserted, fiery hellscape.” Peter’s on vacation, an open invitation ,” she sings, against jaunty keys, suggesting that” even God herself … will miss the Devil on her team “.
Tarred and feathered, Eilish eventually goes up in flames herself as, in the background, silhouetted women dance sexily, like the singers she has purposely ranked herself against. The video for the single all the good girlfriends go to hell( the insistently apathetic lower-case formatting is hers) has amassed 37 m positions in only five days, reflective of the squabble the excerpt has caused in regions of the internet.
On the Q& A website Quora, a conflicted fan fussed:” Can I has become a good Christian and like Billie Eilish’s brand-new music ?” On Twitter, a woman responded to Eilish’s share of the video, saying:” Petitions moved .”” Nobody asked for your prayers, Tina” came another fan’s retort.
Pop adepts play with religious iconography is hardly a new idea: in March, Madonna marked the 30 th commemoration of the Like a Prayer video, wherein she danced in front of burning crisscross, caressed a black saint and began so much controversy she claims it cost her a multi-million-dollar is working with Pepsi.
More recently, Lady Gaga portrayed herself as Mary Magdalene in the video for Judas, liberated close to Holy Week and Easter 2011, though Gaga said it was not a purposeful attack on religion:” The only contentious thing about this video is that I’m wearing Christian Lacroix and Chanel in the same frame ,” she joked to E !.
In July, the SoundCloud rapper Lil Uzi Vert cited the Rapture during his set at Wireless festival in London, telling his fans that they only” was just going to Hell” with him and that his hit XO Tour Llif3 was ” what it’s going to definitely sounds like for afterlife “.
Far from becoming immune to the shock tactics, however, some Christians seem to find Eilish’s embrace of Satanic imagery especially concerning in light of her tender years. To paraphrase from the Everyday Christian Parent blog:” Satan no longer secretes, and kids think its[ sic] cool . … Contrary to Billie Eilish’s songs of hopelessness, we have hope in Jesus .”
A closer reading of Eilish’s lyricals suggests the wrath is misplaced: mountains are igniting in California, sea levels are rising, the Pearly Gates are a picket fence- far from idolising the devil, Eilish has confirmed the song is largely about the threat from the climate crisis.
” The world’s being devastated by us, you are aware – it’s literally us ,” she said of the song in an interview. And all the good girls will find themselves in Hell along with the bad daughters where reference is eventually comes to Earth.
Those looking for hope after watching Eilish’s video on YouTube might have found it in the specific characteristics, where she has announced a personal note recommend devotees to participate in the global climate disturbs on 20 and 27 September. The top label is #climatestrike.
And so Eilish’s glory is discovered- homage be to Billie.