Rock-era Demi Lovato is here to stay and fans cannot get enough of her latest single, “Swine.” It’s angry, it’s about amplifying the voices of pro-abortion people, and it’s filled with a heavy metal guitar sound, which she surprisingly matched with her impressive vocals. She may be getting backlash for the lyrics, but no one can say that the music isn’t great.
Okay, let me rewind a bit. “Swine” was surprise-released on June 23 – a surprise as in no one knew she was planning to release a song and boom! We have a song. The release was timed to happen around the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court dismantling the constitutional right to safe abortion that was established by Roe v Wade in 1973. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Reproductive Justice Fund at the Demi Lovato Foundation.
Lovato did not bite her tongue in “Swine,” as she sings about the negative effects she feels the removal of access to safe abortion will have on some members of society. “Picture your faith, imagine your God and even your Holy Bible / Is suddenly bannеd, do you understand? / Now doesn’t that sound entitlеd? / It’s your book, but it’s my survival,” she sings, relating the ban on abortion to religious people being denied access to their spiritual materials.
She goes on to argue that “We gotta grow ’em, we gotta raise ’em, we gotta feed and bathe ’em / And if you won’t, they call you a witch to burn at the stake in Salem / Thought by now they’d change, but we’re still waiting.”
In the video, Lovato is seen standing before a group of men who are debating over a piece of paper. Behind her are several women in black. After venting her anger out for a while, she goes over to the men, snatches the paper from them, and tears it apart, to the cheers of the people around.
“It’s been one year since the Supreme Court’s decision to dismantle the constitutional right to a safe abortion, and although the path forward will be challenging, we must continue to be united in our fight for reproductive justice,” the “Confident” singer, 30, said in a press release. “I created ‘SWINE’ to amplify the voices of those who advocate for choice and bodily autonomy.”
They added, “I want this song to empower not only the birthing people of this country, but everyone who stands up for equality, to embrace their agency and fight for a world where every person’s right to make decisions about their own body is honored.”
Via Twitter, she shared that “Swine” was inspired by her need to amplify the voices of “those who advocate for choice and bodily autonomy.” She went on to add that she hopes this song isn’t only limited to empowering “the birthing people of this country,” but others who stand for equality.
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