Over the weekend, cries of shock, horror, and incredible sadness were heard all around the world, as the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade case, which granted pregnant people in the US the right to safe and legal abortion. These cries were also heard at the UK’s Glastonbury music festival, where Lorde shared a clear message on the ruling on stage.
During her Pyramid Stage set, Lorde tweaked the lyrics to ‘Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)’, a song from her 2021 album Solar Power. While the song normally ends with a surprise monologue from Robyn, Lorde took the mic at Glastonbury to make a powerful statement on reproductive rights and the Supreme Court itself.
“Welcome to sadness,” Lorde began from the Glastonbury stage. “The temperature is unbearable until you face it. You wanna know a secret, girls? Your bodies were destined to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. That horror is your birthright.”
Lorde continued, urging those in the audience to harness their wisdom and stay strong.
“Here’s another secret – you possess ancient strength, ancient wisdom. Wisdom that has propelled every woman who came before you. That wisdom is your birthright. I ask you today, make accessing that wisdom your life’s work, because everything depends on that,” she said.
Lorde ended the song by declaring: “F*ck the Supreme Court”. You can watch the powerful moment below.
Lorde changed the ending monologue of “Secrets from a Girl” due to recent events regarding women’s rights in the US. pic.twitter.com/VW7iULmhCx
— Lorde Updates ☀️ (@LordeUpdatesBR) June 26, 2022
Lorde hasn’t been the only artist to say f*ck you to the Supreme Court to Glastonbury. Olivia Rodrigo invited Lily Allen to the stage as a special guest during her set to sing her 2009 hit ‘F*ck You’.
“Today is a very, very special day. This is actually my first Glastonbury, and I’m sharing the stage with Lily which is the biggest dream come true ever. But I’m also equally as heartbroken,” said Rodrigo, before Allen joined her.
“I’m devastated and terrified, and so many women and girls are going to die because of this, and I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court, who showed us at the end of the day they truly don’t give a sh*t about freedom.”
Protests took place around the US and the rest of the world over the weekend, fighting against the Supreme Court ruling.