In recent weeks, a growing list of musicians, including Harry Styles, Drake, Kelsea Ballerini, Pink, Lil Nas X, Bebe Rexha, Ava Max, and Blackpink’s Lisa, have been hit onstage by fans throwing objects at them. Now, at the ‘Barbie’ world premiere, superstars Billie Eilish and Finneas have spoken out against this troubling trend, though Billie claims that it’s not really new for her.
What did the two stars say about this dangerous trend?
Interviewed by THR, Billie Eilish admitted this trend isn’t really new for her. “I’ve been getting hit onstage with things for like, literally, six years, I don’t know why this is like new,” Eilish commented on Sunday in Los Angeles. “People just get excited and it can be dangerous.” Finneas, who was next to Billie, noted that he’s aware that most fans aren’t actually trying to hit the artist and don’t really have any malicious intent. He adds that they aren’t really throwing “tomatoes and oranges” in protest, usually just phones so that the artist can take a picture with it, to which Billie adds, “It’s absolutely infuriating when you’re up there though.”
“I have mixed feelings about it, because when you’re up there it blows. But you know it’s out of love and they’re just trying to give you something,” continued the ‘Billie Bossa Nova’ singer. “You’re in a vulnerable position, but I’ve been getting hit with stuff for like years.” After this, Finneas turned towards the camera to deliver a direct message to audiences, saying, “Don’t do it — we get it but don’t do it,” as Billie echoed the statement, adding, “Don’t throw things onstage, but we love you; it’s very sweet.”
Why were Finneas and Billie Eilish at the ‘Barbie’ world premiere?
The two siblings actually attended the premiere primarily in support of their new song “What Was I Made For?”, featured on the Barbie soundtrack. They both admitted that they were drawn to seeing the movie early in order to inspire a song. Eilish further expressed her admiration for the cast and joked about the song, saying, “Maybe we won’t make a song but I want to see it! Are you kidding me? I want to see Margot Robbie be Margot Robbie as Barbie. Are you kidding me? That’s my dream.” After which Finneas added in a more serious tone, “The movie was great and we’re big fans of [director] Greta [Gerwig] and have been forever so we figured it probably would be but then it really was. We were super inspired to write a song.”