Following the US Supreme Court’s incredibly controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade over the weekend, Fiona Apple has become the latest artist to speak out in regards to what the ruling means for the world.
Sharing her opinion in a Q&A video shared on the ‘Fiona Apple Rocks’ YouTube account, the normally-reclusive artist broke her latest period of silence to explain how the decision wholly boils down to the notion of control.
“We have to talk about how we feel about this, how unacceptable this is, have to keep expressing ourselves because this is all about control. We know that,” Apple begins.
“It’s not about life. It’s about control. It’s about control of women, about control of our bodies, about taking our control of our own bodies away, about taking our autonomy and our privacy and our agency away, taking our choices about what we can do with our lives away.”
“That’s what it’s about. It’s about control, just like a sexual assault is about control,” she adds. “That’s why this feels like a sexual assault, ’cause peoples hands and bodies and… in our bodies that don’t belong there, that we don’t want.”
Apple isn’t the first artist to speak out in regards to the Roe v. Wade decision, with numerous musicians sharing their opinions over the weekend, including the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Pink, Jack White, and Halsey. Notably, Apple joins the likes of Lizzo and Rage Against The Machine in pledging money to organisations who aim to help the women that this new ruling discriminates against.
“I’m not going to be giving money to politicians. What I’m going to be doing is I’m going to be giving money directly to abortion funds and to bail funds,” she adds. “I’m just one of a lot of women who need to keep on expressing that we do not fucking accept this.”