Olivia Rodrigo, Cyndi Lauper and More Pop Stars React to Roe v. wade

Olivia Rodrigo attends the Billboard Women in Music Awards at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California on March 2.MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, deciding that there was no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion in the country. The international reaction from female pop stars has been swift, fierce, sometimes melodic and often expletive.

“Do you want to hear a secret, girls?” New Zealander Lorde asked on stage on Sunday at England’s five-day Glastonbury Festival, referencing her song Secrets of a girl (who has seen it all). “Your bodies were meant to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. This horror is your birthright.”

The Royals The singer ended her monologue with a four-letter word to the Supreme Court, whose 5-4 vote controversially overturned the landmark 1973 reproductive rights ruling.

Lily Allen attends Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 4 premiere at Netflix Brooklyn in New York City on May 14.Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Lorde, 25, was among several artists from Glastonbury over the weekend who appealed to the Supreme Court. American pop phenom Olivia Rodrigo has brought out British singer Lily Allen for a specific sentencing.

“This song is for judges Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh,” Rodrigo announced, referring to the five matching robe wearers. “We hate you. we hate you.” Rodrigo and Allen then performed the latter’s 2014 song which has a title that contains the same profanity said by Lorde.

Other artists who used their Glastonbury platform to express their displeasure with the court ruling include Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish, who dedicated her song your power to those affected by the decision.

Cindy Lauper at the 2019 WorldPride Opening Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 2019.ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Elsewhere, female musicians have released new material to protest the Roe v. Wade. Cyndi Lauper re-recorded her 1993 song about abortion rights Sally’s Pigeons, co-written with Mary Chapin Carpenter. The release of the new acoustic version was accompanied by a series of tweets.

“…If we don’t have control of our own bodies, we don’t have true freedom,” Lauper tweeted. “We are second-class citizens. We must mobilize. We need to make our voices heard. »

Lauper is well known for her 1983 anthem Girls just wanna have funin which she sang “Oh mama darling, we’re not the luckiest.”

Feminist folk-rock icon Ani DiFranco collaborated with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard on the new rocker Disorders, the profits of which will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. “I entered into negotiations, with the blissful abyss of dissociation,” DiFranco sings. “And all that entails, watching you weaponize your ejaculations.”

DiFranco’s previous pro-choice songs include Amendment, song of the lost woman and Hello Birmingham, written in response to the 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama. Gossard and Pearl Jam recorded the songs related to abortion act of love and Song X – both written by Neil Young – for Young’s Mirrorball album in 1995.

Pearl Jam also took to Twitter on Friday.

“No one, not the government, not the politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control and contraceptives”, the band tweeted. “People should have the freedom to choose.”

Taylor Swift arrives at the 77th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on January 5, 2020.MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters

Pop superstar Taylor Swift also used her voice on social media, retweeting a widely shared statement made by former First Lady Michelle Obama, while adding his own concerns“I am absolutely terrified that we have come to this – that after so many decades of fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

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