Villa’s bright pink latex dress read “F*** Planned Parenthood,” and featured “#Unplanned” on its train. The dress, made by Desi Designs Couture, was meant to expose the nonprofit organization, that performs cancer screenings and other essential health care services, for their “murder ways,” according to Villa.
Joy Villa, a singer who is best known for wearing her political commentary on her sleeve, has made another one of her opinions clear at the Los Angeles premiere of Unplanned, an anti-abortion film based on former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s book.
She tells Newsweek, “I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this and every bold declaration I get a lot of flack. I’m not really scared anymore. I’ve been tagging Planned Parenthood in posts exposing their murder ways and what they’re doing, being very vocal. But it does make me a target. When I go out, I do have to have security. I always have people around me. But the freedom experience of being able to be truly me and a beacon of hope for so many who can’t speak up is worth it.”
“This is who I am and this is also what I’m known for. People are looking to me to be that person. I’m a minority in this scene. When I go to the Grammys or any red carpet event (even a conservative one), I’m still a minority because there’s not many Afro-Latinas who are pro-Trump, outspoken artists actually working and living in Hollywood who are going to wear something outlandish, sexy and something beautiful with a message,” she went on to say.
Villa has previously worn a dress depicting a border wall at the Grammys in 2019, a pro-life dress to the event in 2018 and a “Make America Great Again” dress at the 2017 Grammy red carpet.
At the age of 20, Villa herself had an unplanned pregnancy. She ultimately decided to put her child up for open adoption.
“I’ve been very critical of what they do and how they pretend to say they’re healthcare when meanwhile 70 percent of their income is coming for abortions. They’re pushing abortions,” she told Newsweek. “People need to be educated. I’m not anti-women at all. If a woman had an abortion, I’m not going to shame her. I’m not going to shame anybody who is thinking of abortion. Personally, I’m very pro-life and I’ve been in that situation where you had to make that decision because I was pregnant at 20. I was in an abusive, toxic, domestic violence relationship. I was faced with pregnancy unplanned and I had to make a decision.”