Being billed as the breakout celebrity of this year’s Academy Awards, actress and comedian Billie Eilish was at the center of a number of controversy moments during the event. Still, when the cameras were off of her, Eilish she couldn’t help but be involved in the buzz and storylines that were sparked from her.
One of the more controversial moments that came from the evening involved Eilish being escorted off of the red carpet by one of the police officers during the ceremony. As the cameras focused on the officers, they immediately began criticizing Eilish. An individual sitting next to me commented that the whole situation could have been avoided had the officers simply asked Eilish if she would be willing to answer a few questions.
A few moments later, an officer began to question Eilish regarding a recent joke she had made on stage about getting paid to vote. It was at this point that several of the audience members in the audience began to loudly boo, yelling at Eilish that her remarks were inappropriate. The officers tried to gain control of the situation, asking those in the audience to let the event go on without the actress. It was at this point that Eilish seemed to lose her cool, asking the audience for quiet while she thought her fellow stars could speak.
The conversation continued with some of the audience members berating Eilish for her comments, with one individual stating “You should be ashamed of yourself” to Eilish. Eilish and the crowd of people then went back and forth, with the crowd chanting, “Let the event go on!”
However, moments later, Eilish and the rest of the celebrities on the red carpet turned their attention to their side of the story, and Eilish responded to the police officers questioning by telling them that she was “okay”fine.” It was at this point thatEilish did something she had never done before, and she told the officers, “You’re under arrest!”
When it was all said and done, Eilish seemed to become increasingly upset with the audience, with some individuals starting to scream and yell at her. Others continued to boo the actress, which Eilish apparently became upset with as well. After Eilish left the red carpet and went up to the waiting press van, she gave a brief statement to a few of the reporters, stating that she was “sorry” for not following the officers’ request.
Eilish also stated that she has been diagnosed with depression, and that she was going to take some time away from the public eye to deal with it. A representative for the actor says that Eilish would take some time off to “deal with her condition,” and that she is “stronger than ever.” However, Eilish she seemed to respond to the fact that she’d rather not talk about the incident during her brief interview with the press.
For those who have seen Eilish perform on television and have not been able to see her on the red carpet, you can see her in person tonight, when she appears at the Northtowne Theatre in Dallas, Texas. Although she did not stay long enough to deal with the crowd chanting about her, the future looks bright for this rising star.
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