Not Everyone Is Thrilled About Billie Eilish Commenting On The Heard-Depp Trial In Her New Song

With so much focus on the trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard, it was inevitable that it will at some point be incorporated into pop culture.

The high-profile defamation case between Depp and Heard lasted for weeks, keeping viewers glued to their screens while sordid details about the couple’s relationship were laid bare. A verdict ruling in Depp’s favor was finally announced in June 2022.

With the trial dominating headlines and TV programming, fans have been confident there’ll be either a TV show of movie out soon about what went down before and during the weeks in the courtroom.


But the first volley came from a different quarter.

In early June, Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell were touring Manchester, England. It was during one of their shows there that the siblings decided to pop one of their new songs into the mix.

It’s something they last did in 2017, preferring to release recordings before performing the songs live, but they went ahead and did it anyway.

At the June 7 show, Manchester’s AO Arena was packed to capacity, when Eilish announced to the responsive crowd: “This is one we just wrote, and we just wanted to play for you.”

The new song is titled TV and has a slow, melancholic feel.

“The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial, while they’re overturning Roe vs Wade”, Eilish sang to the strains of her brother’s acoustic guitar.

What Is Billie Eilish’s New Song TV About?

The song referenced the high-profile defamation case between Depp and Heard, with Eilish and O’Connell drawing attention to what really should be important to audiences, but seemingly isn’t.

Eilish’s reference questions the lack of attention to the far-reaching effects of changes to Roe v Wade because everyone on the Internet was so involved in the Depp-Heard trial.

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The Roe vs Wade reference is about a landmark decision of the Supreme Court in 1973 that ruled that the US Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without government restriction.

Moves are afoot to have the law overturned in the state of Texas, which will effectively bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy by allowing private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman obtain the procedure.

Eilish Is Taking A Stand Against A Controversial Court Decision

It’s a fight that Eilish has taken up in a number of ways. Along with a number of stars which included Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, Olivia Rodrigo, and Camila Cabello, Eilish took out a full page advert in The New York Times, decrying the looming fall of nationwide abortion rights.

At the start of her set at the Austin City Limits Festival in October 2021, Eilish revealed to the audience that she almost canceled her Texas Concert in protest.

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It’s not the first time the Ocean Eyes singer, who holds a number of impressive Guinness World recordshas taken a stand.

Not All Billie Eilish Fans Support The Song

While some fans have welcomed her latest comment, others have been less impressed. Some have slammed the singer for what they have called “Diminishing the Depp-Heard trial in the lyrics of her new song.”

While its long been known that there’s a specific group of people that hates Billie Eilishrecently critics say it’s hard to take her seriously about deeper subjects like Roe vs. Wade when she’s also involved in projects like launching her own perfume.

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“Oh good, I was worried she wouldn’t comment. Now that she has I can go back to ignoring her completely,” one user said.

Another Twitter Feed read, “Ignore Billy Eilish. She’s been taken in the same way as all the young popstars. Her words are not her own, she has no actual beliefs or opinions. She’s basically the Alt Greta Thornberg. She doesn’t know what she’s saying, just parroting what she’s told to parrot. She’s a pawn.”

Others accused Eilish of trying to get publicity from the trial, with one person asking, “Is it called ‘They got attention now I want some too’?”

It’s a fine line. When the singer steered away from controversial subjects in the past, Eilish has been attacked for not speaking out on issues.

Either way, Eilish’s message is out there. The song hasn’t been recorded yet.

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