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Singer and activist Demi Lovato released a surprise new single, “Swine,” which she said was made specifically to promote abortion following the overturning of Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs decision in June 2023.
“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. I created ‘SWINE’ to amplify the voices of those who advocate for choice and bodily autonomy,” the singer shared on social media along with a short clip of the song’s music video.
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. I created ‘SWINE’ to amplify the voices of those… pic.twitter.com/bOayj5Z3Qj
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 22, 2023
“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.”
The Meriel O’Connell-directed music video shows Lovato dressed in red and screaming the lyrics in front of a burning building. At another point, Lovato depicts herself confronting a group of men preparing to make a ruling while a crowd of people dressed in black sit before them.
The singer, who previously described herself as “non-binary” and used they/them pronouns, next recreated the image of the Last Supper.
The lyrics are centered on Lovato’s disdain for anyone who believes abortion and promiscuous sex are immoral.
“God forbid, I wanna suck whatever the f*** I wanna/God forbid, I wanna f*** whoever the f*** I want/And if he c***, I guess I gotta be a mother,” she says in the opening verse. “F*** what I think, I don’t know a thing/The government knows my body/No, it’s okay, it’s better this way, I’m only a carbon copy/Even if I’m dying, they’ll still try to stop me,” the song begins.
The chorus says, “My life, my voice/My rights, my choice/It’s mine, or I’m just swine.”
“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,” the song continues.
“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/Let’s give these motherf***ers hell.”