Halsey and Rage Against the Machine among musicians who continue the real-time battle against Roe v. Wade decision
As thousands marched on the U.S. Supreme Court this past weekend to protest the recent repealing of Roe vs. Wade, some of the biggest stars in pop music continue to champion abortion rights in America.
Halsey has announced the auctioning off of five paintings they created onstage during their Love and Power Tour. All of the proceeds will go directly to National Network of Abortion Funds, with each work expected to fetch between U.S.$5,000 to $7,000 by auctioneer Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries.
Those who recall Halsey’s 2019 performance of “Eastside” on Saturday Night Live will remember them displaying their singing and painting talents at the same time. Since then Halsey—clearly skilled at the art of multi-tasking—has periodically painted live on the Lower and Power Tour while performing “Be Kind”.
The signed works up for auction were created at shows in Nashville, Alabama, Detroit, Portland, Oregon, and Boston.
On the harder edge of the spectrum, Rage Against the Machine wasted no time making its position on Roe vs. Wade known during its July 9 comeback gig in East Troy, Wisconsin. Performing live for the first time in 11 years, the reunited hyper-political rockers screened a video featuring such statements as “Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers” and “Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level”.
Since officially getting its latest reunion off the ground Rage Against the Machine has proven as politically aware as ever, pledging US$475,000 last month to Wisconsin and Illinois organizations that are fighting for abortion rights in America.
Pop stars have been vocal and outraged about Roe vs. Wade since the right-skewed Supreme Court overturned it in June.
At the end of last month Pink took to Twitter to announce ““Let’s be clear: if you believe the government belongs in a woman’s uterus, a gay persons business or marriage, or that racism is okay- THEN PLEASE IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD NEVER FUCKING LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AGAIN,” she wrote. “AND ALSO FUCK RIGHT OFF. We good?” Since then she has continued to do battle with America's idiot faction on Twitter.
At Glastonbury Lily Allen and Olivia Rodrigo dedicated “Fuck You” to the five Supreme Court Justices who voted to overturn the landmark 1973 decision giving women the right to have an abortion.
Matched by concert promoter Live Nation, Lizzo meanwhile has pledged a million dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Taylor Swift noted that she was “absolutely terrified” by the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, while Phoebe Bridgers called the decision “fucking evil” and Alicia Keys slammed it as “fucking bullshit”.
Billie Eilish labelled the Supreme Court decision as a “dark day for women” during her recent Glastonbury headlining set, while Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Eminem, Janelle Monáe, and Mariah Carey have all taken aim at a ruling which has rolled back women’s rights by a half-century.