Glastonbury viewers were left confused after BBC iPlayer dropped a protest song by Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen from its highlights coverage.
On Friday (June 24), the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks gestation while overturning important precedents set by the 1973 decision Deer vs Wade.
During her performance at Glastonbury on Saturday night (June 25), Rodrigo joined the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Billie Eilish to speak out against the verdict.
By appearing on the festival’s Other Stage, the “Driver’s License” singer brought in special guest Allen for a rendition of Allen’s 2009 hit “F*** You.”
Introducing the song, Rodrigo said: “I’m devastated and scared [by the recent ruling] and so many women and girls are going to die because of it, and I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who, at the end of the day, showed us that they really don’t care about freedom.”
Allen stood next to Rodrigo and gave the middle finger.
“We hate you!” Rodrigo said before the pair launched into the expletive-filled lane.
While the performance was cut from the BBC’s highlights coverage on iPlayer, the broadcaster uploaded the video to YouTube.
In a statement provided The IndependentA BBC spokesman said: “The decision to edit this section of the performance was made solely because of the strong language used throughout.
“There were no other factors that played into this decision.”
Earlier instances of artists criticizing the Deer vs Wade Judgment has made it onto BBC TV shows and iPlayer highlight videos.
Rodrigo’s set included other instances of swearing. When it appeared during songs, as in “good 4 u,” it was censored for airing. However, an uncensored expletive Rodrigo uttered between songs was broadcast, prompting an apology from the BBC shortly thereafter.
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It has been suggested that the sheer volume of profanity in “F*** You” made squeaking the profanity impractical.
Nonetheless, the decision to cut the song from the full iPlayer broadcast drew criticism on social media.
“BBC edits Olivia Rodrigo’s Glastonbury set very badly to exclude her performance of ‘F*** You’ with Lily Allen… yeah it doesn’t look good considering the message behind the performance,” one person wrote.
“I kinda understand why @bbcglasto couldn’t actually air a song called ‘F*** You’ on BBC One at 7:45pm,” tweeted another, “but it seems we got a cameo from Lily Allen and a missed quite a glorious speech by Olivia Rodrigo on Roe v Wade and SCOTUS…”
The Independent has reached out to the BBC and representatives of Rodrigo and Allen for comment and clarification.
For a recap of the highlights from Day 4 at Glastonbury, including Greta Thunberg’s surprise performance and Rodrigo’s sizzling duet with Allen, click here.
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