“Do you get a joy out of being small-minded,” the song continues. Even though the song was released in 2009, it is still relevant because it makes references to people who abuse their privilege to be cruel to others.
When it comes to legendary moments in pop culture history that define a “mood,” Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen’s performance of “F— You” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade ranks at the top. When most of us millennials were growing up, the song served as an anthem. It’s just one of those catchy tunes with words like “F— you, f— you very very much” in the chorus that captures how we feel at times.
In Pilton, Somerset, England, where Glastonbury is presently taking place, the five-day festival has already experienced several memorable moments in opposition to the SCOTUS decision. This famous mash-up of adolescent angst star Rodrigo with the icon of millenial youth, Allen, is one that will undoubtedly be remembered after American musician Phoebe Bridgers invited the audience to yell “F- the Supreme Court” during her performance.
Prior to her performance, Bridgers also had some harsh words for the Supreme Court. She said to the crowd, “In all honesty, [the festival is] like really strange and fantastic, but I’m having like the shittiest day.” Are any Americans present? Before leading a chant of “Fuck the Supreme Court,” she said, “What wants to say ‘Fuck Supreme Court’ on three? Then she said, “Fuck that garbage. Screw America. Fuck you, sort of. They’re trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies—all these useless old motherfuckers.
Add to that the fact that Billie Eilish also mentioned the decision. “For women in the US, today is a really, truly dark day. I’ll simply say that since I can’t stand to think about it right now any longer.
It’s actually rather emotional. We’re all furious. Seeing the rage shown by these artists simply curiously offers at least me a sense of optimism because we’re all trapped accepting a decision that was made by five people we did not vote for (four of whom were installed in office by presidents who didn’t even win the popular vote).
Rodrigo was very clear about the subject of her music choice, and it just felt appropriate. “I’m afraid and devastated. According to the Guardian, “So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.”
“I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five Supreme Court justices who have demonstrated that they genuinely don’t care about freedom at the end of the day. The song is dedicated to the justices: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas. We abhor you! We despise you.
Sadly, this rage will have to drive our resistance for a while longer, but god, is it amazing to watch the women playing at Glastonbury not backing down. View the video here: