To the displeasure of Palestinian supporters, the indie singer said “Hi Israel” in 20-second promotional video.
By: David Hellerman
Indie singer Billie Eilish gave Palestinians a bellyache when she said “Hi Israel” in a 20-second promotional video posted on Tik Tok.
“Hi Israel, this is Billie Eilish, and I’m so excited that my new album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ is out now. Swipe up to listen,” she said.
The 19-year-old singer and songwriter posted a similar greeting to Vietnam.
Palestinian supporters responded with bitter cancel culture vitriol.
One person going by the Twitter handle @aunaturelbaby simply tweeted, “Cancel [email protected] #FREEPALESTINE” The tweet included three small Palestinian flags.
A young woman with the Twitter handle @elumax tweeted, “if you support billie eilish unfollow me right now /srs”
@shahed04354616 tweeted, “@billieeilish “hi israel” we’ll gonna unfollow you bc you deserve it , educate yourself and see what israel are doing for palestine children…..”
The tweet included several hashtags including #BILLIEELISHSUPPORTISRAEL #unfollowbillieelish
One Palestinian identified only by the Twitter handle, @stunna_juju tweeted, “My opinion as a Palestinian individual on the Billie Eilish ‘Hi Israel’ situation is that, she is clearly not supporting Israel, she was simply making a promotion her management team forced her to do, it’s obvious that it was not her intention to bring up Israel at all anyways Loudly crying face”
Billie Eilish first gained public attention in 2015 with her debut single “Ocean Eyes”, which was subsequently released by Darkroom, a subsidiary of Interscope Records. The song was written and produced by her brother, Finneas O’Connell, with whom she frequently collaborates on music and in live shows. Her debut extended play, Don’t Smile at Me (2017), was commercially successful and charted within the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Eilish’s first studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and reached number one in the UK. It was one of the best-selling albums of 2019, buoyed by the success of its fifth single and Eilish’s first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, “Bad Guy”. In 2020, she co-wrote and performed the theme song “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film of the same name, which topped the UK singles chart. Her next singles “Everything I Wanted”, “My Future”, “Therefore I Am”, and “Your Power” each peaked within the top 10 in the US and UK.
Eilish has received several accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and two Brit Awards. She is the youngest artist in Grammy history and second overall to win all four general field categories—Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year—in the same year.
(World Israel News)
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