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Entertainers are using their influence and creativity to protest injustice in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that revoked women’s abortion rights. 


 


Famous musicians have the opportunity to reach a mass audience, and many are taking advantage of the stage to support women and apprehend the Supreme Court. This weekend’s music festival in Glastonbury saw passionate expressions of both.


 


20-year-old singer-songwriter Billie Eilish took the stage to say it was a “dark day for women” in America. She dedicated her song ‘Your Power,’ written about older men who abuse their power over young women, to those who lost their rights. 


 


19-year-old singer Olivia Rodrigo dedicated her song to the Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. She said her song “F*** You” wasn’t dedicated to the entire court but to the five justices who supported revoking the right to abortion.


 


Rapper Kendrick Lamar, the final headliner for the England festival, ended the show with an emotional tribute to women. Before performing his song “Savior,” Lamar chanted, “They judge you, they judge Christ! Godspeed for women’s rights!”


 


The same day the festival ended, many performers took to an American stage to voice their opinions. Winners at Sunday’s BET awards used their acceptance speeches to support women. 


 


Best New Artist winner Lato advocated for abortion rights for her award. “It’s giving pro-choice. It’s never giving a man policing my body,” she said. 


 


Best Female R&B/Pop Artist winner Jazmine Sullivan told men they should be equally upset as women. “This is not just a women’s issue. This is everybody’s issue,” she said in her acceptance speech. 


 


Janella Monáe, singer and presenter for the award, took a moment to flip off the Supreme Court before announcing Sullivan as the winner.  


 


Artists who did not have the opportunity to speak on stage took to Twitter. Taylor Swift quote-tweeted Michelle Obama’s statement of discontent, reiterating the former first lady’s disgust with the ruling. Singer-songwriter Reina Del Cid posted a bleak rendition of “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee).”


 


Performers Lizzo and Rage Against The Machine also tweeted pledges to donate to abortion services. The ruling was announced less than a week ago, so social media will likely see more responses in the coming days.


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