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Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend”

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Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend”

Emma Chen, Staff Writer

Billie Eilish is a popular name within the music industry. She’s known for her unique lyrics, interesting personality, almost unsettling music videos, and her latest video bury a friend was nothing short of those expectations. The music video was somewhat disturbing and scary for some viewers yet interesting and attractive to others. What exactly did this controversial music video entail?

The music video starts with a man suddenly waking up in an empty apartment. As the music starts, the cameras are on Billie whose eyes seem to have been blacked out. She watches the man sleep until the cameras follow her into the hallway where she appears to be possessed by some sort of unknown force. Multiple hands wearing black gloves reach out and grab her, throwing her around. The lighting in this scene makes Billie look ghostly white as she struggles to escape the mysterious hands. They put about a dozen syringes in her until the scene goes back to her in the hallway where the cameras follow her feet as she goes from a slow walk into a forced drag. One of the final scenes is Billie being dragged around the same, confusing maze of halls by, again, a strange and unknown force that seems to have been haunting her for the entirety of the music video.

Like many of her other music videos, bury a friend was confusing, chilling, and amazing all at the same time. Upon first watching the video, viewers can’t help but feel the eeriness and uncomfortableness that the video is intended to bring. Who or what is the force that has seemingly possessed Billie? Who is the sleeping man in the video, and what does his presence mean? At the same time, viewers marvel at the creative process and imagination that must have played such a critical role in the creation of this video. Sophomore Kiara Der says, “I really admire Billie Eilish because she always finds a way to surprise her fans, and bury a friend did exactly that.” How does Billie always manage to come up with such unique and different videos every time she releases yet another hit song?

At seventeen years old, Billie Eilish has accomplished much including making herself and her music well-known in the music industry. Her fans admire her for staying true to herself and choosing to remain the unique person that she is; it’s no doubt that her voice and message are unlike any others. Still, some others are uncomfortable with her personality, music, and social media posts. What do you think about Billie Eilish’s bury a friend?  

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