Speak Out


Julia Maina, Editor-in-Chief

As the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade bill in June 2022, the reaction of the public shows the disappointment and fear now instilled in their hearts. Through this time of mourning for womens’ rights over their own bodies, few artists such as Dove Cameron, Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers and Rage Against The Machine have all used their platforms to speak out about the issue surrounding Roe v. Wade. 

Dove Cameron, a 26-year old actor and musician has strong feelings about the reproductive rights of women being overturned. In a Vogue interview with Cameron, she explains her music video to her new song ‘Breakfast’, serves as “a statement about the oppressive impact of traditional gender roles on young women today.” As the video begins, Dove herself is reading the morning paper wearing a smooth white button up and an 80s blazer. As her husband steps in framet with a home cooked breakfast, she knocks it out of his hands smirkingly and begins the song saying “So you wanna talk about power?” 

Now, Cameron has not always been an outspoken person, but that all changed after she came out as queer in 2020. During that time of her life, she felt “incredibly disempowered as a young woman” and simply longed to “express my feelings of being discounted and underestimated.”After having already shot most of the video for her song, the final news about the overturning of Roe v. Wade surfaced on the internet. Through her fans and supportive production team, she was able to reshoot the whole video to further express her opinion on gender roles and power in America. Cameron believes writing music is an important emotional outlet during challenging times as such and hopes that others can connect with her as well. 

Artists, Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen also had their fair share of hate to give to the Supreme Court. On June 23, 2022, Olivia Rodrigo performed at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England. While on set, Rodrigo slammed on the Supreme Courts decision to ban abortion, saying “F**k You!”

“This song is for the justices: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brent Kavanaugh. We hate you!”  She then brought out artist, Lily Allen and led the crowd in Allen’s song, “F**k You” 

Many young men and women are heavily influenced by the thoughts and actions of popular influencers and artists. The need for more influencers to use their platforms to speak out about the issues in this country is higher than ever. The common “get ready with me” and “day in the life” videos never seem to fail; but now more than ever are there people striving to make a change with the small profile influence they have. Artists like Cameron, Rodrigo, Allen, Bridgers, and the band as a whole, Rage Against the Machine are prime examples of how public voices being spoken out impact the lives of others. 

We need change in this world and we need it now. Speak out.