Who’s the Bad Guy?

Fans accusing Billie Eilish of throwing shade at Jimmy Kimmel during speech


Claire Powell, Editor-in-Chief

As a guest of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Billie Eilish played a game over 80’s music trivia on Nov. 22. When host Jimmy Kimmel asked if she knew what Van Halen was, Eilish replied “Who?” 

The video became instantly viral and Eilish was faced with criticism over her credibility in the music industry. 

On Dec. 7, the “Bad Guy” artist attended the Variety’s Hitmakers event and acceppted the “Hitmaker of the Year”. In her speech, Eilish thanked her team but also seemed to take a jab at Kimmel. 

“Thank you so much Variety… for not making me look stupid like everybody else wants to do on TV,” Eilish said.

Even before the Variety speech, when Eilish disclosed she didn’t know several of the other bands and artist mentioned, she poked at Kimmel for seeming to make her look bad.

“You’re making me look dumb,” Eilish said.

As for Van Halen’s thoughts? Current Van Halen bassit, Wolf Van Halen tweeted in support of Eilish.

“If you haven’t heard of @billieeilish, go check her out. She’s cool. If you haven’t heard of @VanHalen, go check them out. They’re cool too,” Halen tweeted. “Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.”