“A woman’s right to choose forever and ever and ever, amen”
Arcade Fire performed two songs from ‘WE’ on Saturday Night Live last night (May 7), presumably speaking out about abortion rights.
A leaked draft from the US Supreme Court earlier this week indicates the organization is planning to overturn Roe V. Wade, a 1973 case that legalized abortion on a nationwide basis.
Arcade Fire used their Saturday Night Live performance to apparently criticize the proposed version.
After a powerful performance of ‘The Lightning I,II’, vocalist Win Butler returned to the mic to say “a woman’s right to choose forever and ever and ever. Amen.” Check it out below.
Later in the event, the Canadian band performed ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid),’ a joyful song dedicated to Régine Chassagne and Butler’s son Eddie. It came to a close with the vocalist telling his mother how much he loved her, as per Billboard.
The evening came to a close with host Benedict Cumberbatch and other SNL cast members wearing “1973” t-shirts, a reference to the year Roe V. Wade passed.
Rage Against The Machine, Halsey, and Phoebe Bridgers have all spoken out against the attempts to repeal Roe V. Wade this week.
Lorde addressed the matter at her Los Angeles show, offering a lengthy speech about the country’s potential loss of abortion rights. “Like so many of you, I’ve been sickened and heartbroken this week by the news that there are some people who think that our bodies are not our own,” she said.
Olivia Rodrigo also discussed the subject during a recent gig in Washington D.C., telling her fans: “Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians. I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right, to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”
Arcade Fire’s sixth album was released earlier this week (May 6). Butler told NME about how the band felt when recording the album against a backdrop of global uncertainty, including the second, and deadliest, COVID wave in the US and the 2020 US presidential election.
“In the background, there was this election, this fucking Trump election, and we’re thinking, ‘Is this really our life now? Is this guy really going to fucking win again and we’re all going to be fucked?’” Butler said.
They’ve also revealed plans for a 2022 world tour, dubbed “the definitive Arcade Fire tour” by the band.