Kendrick Lamar ends his set with an eloquent defence of women’s rights

Renowned rapper, songwriter and record producer Kendrick Lamar signed off as the final headline act of the Glastonbury festival, with a powerful statement that resonated his disagreement with the recent ruling of the US Supreme Court in Roe v Wade.

“Godspeed for women’s rights.  They judge you, they judge Christ”, he said towards the end of a groundbreaking performance, with blood pouring down his face from a crown of thorns.This was followed by repeating the statement a few more times before he threw his microphone to the ground mid-sentence and walked off stage.

The artist was part of a very important line-up of performances including the youngest ever solo headline to feature – Billie Eilish – and Sir Paul McCartney, who became the oldest. Other highlights of his performance were Swimming Pools (Drank), which addresses his grandfather’s alcoholism, Humble, a stinging scream against toxic masculinity, and Alright, a lyrical protest against injustice and police violence.

The Glastonbury festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. The five day festival is a culmination of numerous performances and home to catering people from all over the world of different age, colour, taste, etc. Since the US Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to abortion in America was a recent one, many musicians at the festival took their performance as an opportunity to address their disapproval of the ruling.  Billie Eilish called it a “dark day” for women, while Megan Thee Stallion said the ruling was “embarrassing”. Even 19-year-old Grammy winning singer Olivia Rodrigo shared her distress about the recent ruling.

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