Billie Eilish urges people to vote: ‘I look at what’s at stake, and it scares me’

Billie Eilish has spoken about politics here and there over the past few years. She spoke out against Donald Trump, covid vaccine misinformation, and the Texas anti-abortion law that passed last year. She’s speaking out again in advance of tomorrow’s midterm elections. Billie posted a video explaining why she is voting, encouraging fans to vote, and emphasizing the importance of doing so. She also posted a photo of her and her family members participating in early voting and dropping off their ballots.

Billie Eilish is looking to rock the vote ahead of the midterm elections next Tuesday.

On Friday, the 20-year-old singer posted a video urging her fans to show up at the polls. And while Eilish didn’t make any specific candidate endorsements, the California native made it clear where she stands on important issues like abortion rights.

“I want to explain why I am voting this year, and how important I think it is that you vote too,” the “Bad Guy” singer told fans in the video. “I look at what’s on the ballot and what’s at stake, and it scares me.

“Our rights, our freedoms and our futures are on the line, and if we don’t show up, there is a good chance we will see a national ban on abortion, with no exceptions,” she continued. “They also want to take away the freedom to marry who we love, restrict voting rights and enact laws that threaten the progress that must be made on climate change. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves, which is why we must vote on or before Nov. 8.”

Eilish attached a photo of herself with her family — including brother Finneas and his girlfriend, Claudia Sulewski — as they dropped off their ballots. “It was so easy,” Finneas, who won a Best Original Song Oscar alongside his sister earlier this year, commented on his own Instagram page.

Eilish asked her followers to make their own voting plans, signing off with an empowering note: “Let’s show them what our power looks like,” she said.

[From Yahoo! Entertainment]

Billie doesn’t endorse a specific candidate or party, but makes it pretty clear where her political views lie based on what she says in the video. I think it’s good that she listed out different things — abortion, gay marriage, voting rights, climate change — to highlight exactly how much is at state and to cast a wide net for any remaining single issue voters. Billie is totally right. Pretty much everything is on the line and this country is regressing and it’s scary. Just because our lives may feel okay and normal — which admittedly, mine does — it’s no time to get complacent. As we saw with the SCOTUS decision, things can change on a dime and if we don’t act now we’ll be back in the 1950s before we know it. Everyone should prioritize voting tomorrow if you haven’t already; get out and vote; the midterms matter just as much as the presidential elections do.

Sidenote: I just learned that Billie is dating Jesse Rutherford from The Neighbourhood. I really like their music. Apparently, the 11 year age difference made some headlines. I don’t have a problem with that; I would have done the same thing when I was her age. But I do have a problem with his current hair. He was so cute and the hair just gets worse every year.

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  1. Lucía says:

    I love The Neighbourhood and that won’t change, I don’t think. However, why a 31 year-old would go after a 19/20 year-old is absolutely beyond me.

    • BeBe says:

      It seems he has known her since she was sixteen, which makes it even weirder.

    • mto says:

      I truly don’t understand huge age gaps in relationships, no matter who is the older one. I mean, I’m 41…. I couldn’t date a 30 yr old. It’s a different level of maturity. I can’t speak for everyone; I know there are people who are young and very mature but for me it would feel weird. I dont know how to explain it.

  2. jferber says:

    But she’s absolutely right to VOTE tomorrow. Please do!!!

  3. KinChicago says:

    My guy is 10 years older than me.

    We met when I was 22. I’m now 40. No one blinks at 40 and 50 year old together for years.

    Age gap can succeed: Ours does, mostly because we liked each other… at 22, the guys my age only wanted to play video games (which I did not and still do not enjoy).
    He was making his own business and had plans. We would stay home, have a great dinner made from scratch and that still is the best.

    Occasionally there are funny moments of disassociated connections, pop-culture disconnect. I’ll mention a favorite childhood movie memory that he never saw… because I was 11 and he was 21. We didn’t know each other then- that would indeed be creepy,