- 12 Oct 21
“We wish this had not happened and extend our apologies to Phoebe."
On Saturday after her set was cut short during her Austin City Limits performance, Phoebe Bridgers tweeted "lol fuck acl". After much press surrounding the event, the festival has offered an apology as well as a donation to Texas abortion funds.
“Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication on stage by ACL Festival personnel, the sound on the final song of (the) Phoebe Bridgers set was cut off during her ACL Fest weekend two performance," stated Austin City Limits organizers.
"We wish this had not happened and extend our apologies to Phoebe. After positive conversations between festival organizers and the artist about the situation, ACL Fest has made a donation to Texas Abortion Funds to show our support for Phoebe and an organization close to her heart.”
Bridgers recently shared a haunting studio recording of Bo Burnham's 'That Funny Feeling' on bandcamp, with proceeds going to Texas abortion funds, making the ACL donation a touching gesture.
Bridgers isn't the only one making a stand at Austin City Limits this year. Megan Thee Stallion also contributed to conversations about the recent Texas abortion law, Senate Bill 8, by protesting the legislation during her set.
“This middle finger is also to these motherfucking men that want to tell us what the fuck to do with our body," Megan told the crowd.
“‘Cause how the fuck you gonna tell me what to do with my motherfucking body? Drop that shit.”
She also posted to Instagram following the set, stating, “Y’all know I’m a Texas girl and we deserve better! Politicians want to cut off abortion access and control our bodies, lives, and futures — I’m speaking up.”
Senate Bill 8 prohibit abortions to take place once cardiac activity can be detected in the fetus, typically around six weeks, before most people know they are pregnant.
There are no exceptions for cases involving rape or incest, and private citizens have the right to take legal action against anyone involved in assisting an abortion to take place.
This new bill makes Texas the most restrictive in the United States in terms of access to abortion services.
Billie Eilish also took the opportunity to share her opposition to the law during her Austin City Limits headline set.
At one point during the show, Eilish proclaimed, “when they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here.”
Yungblud, Maggie Rogers, St. Vincent and Lucy Dacus all spoke against the laws when they came into effect the first week of September. Dacus, along with Jack Antonoff, also pledged proceeds from their respective shows in Texas to charities that support abortions.