Billie Eilish SLAMS Fans Who PRETENDS To Be Her (Pretending To Be Billie Eilish Videos)
"please stop doing this s**t. it is not safe for you and it is mean to the people who dont known any better. you make me look bad." Billie Eilish posts.
30 January 2020 by Fonticha Tran
Singer Billie Eilish at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, USA on March 14, 2019. – Stock Editorial Photography
On January 30, Billie Eilish called out fans who pretended to be her, telling them that it makes her look bad.
First of all, pretending to be a celebrity isn't a new concept as many fans have been impersonating their favourite celebrities for years. Typing in "pretending to be..." on YouTube brings up suggestions such as "pretending to be ariana grande", "pretending to be ed sheeran" and several others.
Of course, with Billie's fame, she is now included on the list. Numerous videos of people pretending to be Billie has been uploaded to YouTube, with people going as far as dressing like Billie and dyeing their hair to match Billie's iconic green and black hair with the goal of tricking others into believing that it's really her.
On January 30, Billie finally spoke up about the issue in a series of Instagram stories.
In the caption, Billie wrote:
I "please stop doing this s**t. it is not safe for you and it is mean to the people who dont known any better. you make me look bad."
Billie also uploaded another Instagram Story where she took a screenshot of countless YouTube videos that came up after searching "pretending to be billie eilish".
In the caption, Billie simply wrote:
I "please stop".
A few videos that came up included: "INSANE BILLIE EILISH TRANSFORMATION *SHUT DOWN MALL*", "TURNED MY GIRL INTO BILLIE EILISH - GOT MOBBED/SHUT DOWN" and "I Pretended to Be Billie Eilish *GONE WRONG*".
The first 2 videos amassed 2.4 million views and 5.4 million views, respectively.
The people in these videos went as far as getting bodyguards and taking pictures with countless fans who excitedly ran screaming after them, successfully tricking them into thinking that they were actually Billie.
Billie then ended the Instagram stories with a more light-hearted post. She uploaded a close-up of one of these imitators who were wearing lime shorts and knee-high grey socks, with the following caption:
I "also soooo disrespectful that you'd go out pretending to be me wearing THIS 😂"
What's the issue?
Although these people were most likely doing these YouTube videos for fun, they overlooked potential dangers that could have occurred.
For example, these videos had hundreds of fans screaming and running frantically after the imitators in a close space, such as a shopping mall, which could lead to injuries. It's also unkind to trick these fans into thinking that they met the real Billie Eilish, as it could have made the fan's day.
Another issue is how this could affect the celebrity's reputation. If the imitator was rude, fans might alter their impression of Billie in a negative way.
Altogether, it can be summed up in the post that Billie initially reposted from a fan account:
I "the audacity people have like either actually get billie or dont, having people dress up like her can ruin a lot of things... people can think they actually met billie and if the person does something mean/bad people will think its really... be careful of your gonna do for a video dude😳"
I "not worth hurting peoples hearts and faking to be someone."
Fonticha Tran is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is also responsible for researching and writing news articles. She also keeps track of the celebrities’ on our watchlist while monitoring their social media for any new updates.
Fun fact: Besides constantly being on Twitter and reading up on her favourite celebrities' newest tweets, she's busy rewatching Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy.