Travis Scott, Maggie Rogers Pledge Merch $’s To Abortion Ban Battle, Billie Eilish Speaks Out
A growing chorus of musicians and other celebrities are speaking out in opposition to recent attempts in Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere ban abortions, with two artists also pledging a days proceeds from their merchandise sales to Planned Parenthood.
“I have no words for the bitches in the f–king White House,” 17 year old pop sensation Billie Eilish told Variety. “It’s so unbelievable. It makes me, like, red. It makes my ears f–ing steam out of my head. Women should say, should do and feel and be exactly what they want. There should be nobody else telling them how to live their life, how to do s–t. … It just makes me so mad that if I start talking about it, I won’t stop. Men should not make women’s choices — that’s all I have to say.”
Travis Scott and Maggie Rogers went a step father.
During his Saturday set at Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Travis Scott pledged to donate the proceeds from that day's merchandise sales to Planned Parenthood. The crowd cheered as he addressed his fans: “I love y’all and I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing we can have.”
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Maggie Rogers raised $17,500 through a one day online merch sale to benefit the Yellowhammer Fund, which aids those in need of services at one of Alabama's three existing abortion clinics. She filmed a brief thank you message for her fans: "It is so special to see [this community] create real change in the world."
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“Individual rights should be respected in every way. Religion was never supposed to be a part of our government,” Blondie's Deborah Harry told Variety. “The world population is out of balance and for economic reasons as well as whatever your personal reasons are,” said Harry. “That should be respected.”
Blondie collaborator Chris Stein added: “The abortion ban is completely screwed up. It has nothing to do with life or death. It’s about controlling women’s sexuality. It’s crazy, you know, and the patriarchy just won’t give up without a last gasp. My fear is I’m not going to live to see an end to this bulls–t.”