Joy Villa may be more renown for her controversial red carpet statements than her discography — and she shows no signs of slowing down.
The conservative singer-songwriter — who has hit the Grammys in gowns with “Make America Great Again” and “Build the Wall” slogans — resurfaced on the Daytime Emmys red carpet on Sunday in a dress espousing her anti-abortion views.
The Desi Designs Couture gown was embellished with images of storks carrying babies, while its bright green skirt featured the line “Pro-life is pro-woman.”
According to an Instagram post by Villa, the dress is in honor of the anti-abortion organization Save the Storks, “a charity my husband and I financially support ... for only $35/month you can save the unborn and their mothers.”
She continued, “Abortion is so often only spoken about as a ‘women’s right’ but I stand here to stand up for EVERY WOMAN and her right to life!”
She also spoke of once being “pressured” to get an abortion, but instead arranged an open adoption for the baby girl she delivered.
I love to carry the message of life & empower women. I’ve personally survived an abusive relationship years ago & was pressured to choose abortion, but I chose an open adoption & I have relationship with my daughter today! 🙌🏽❤️This is why I know #ProlifeIsProwoman @savethestorks pic.twitter.com/LsPDsP28lu— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 6, 2019
Villa has previously worn outfits slamming abortion rights. She attended the 2018 Grammys in a dress that featured a hand-painted baby and a rainbow uterus, while her purse read “Choose Life.” And in March, she supported the premiere of the anti-abortion film Unplanned wearing a hot pink latex dress that read “F**k Planned Parenthood.”
Unsurprisingly, her latest outspoken ensemble has caused quite the stir. Villa tweeted that she was harassed while posing on the red carpet.
Ok it was an INCREDIBLE night at the #DaytimeEmmys (my 1st!) but some of the photographers were yelling insults at me. Crazy right? One woman screamed “Joy! YOU ARE WRONG. PROLIFE IS NOT PROWOMAN!” This is the 2nd time photographers have tried to harass me on red carpet.— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 6, 2019
When that sort of stuff happens, I just smile and hold my position. There is NOTHING anyone can say that will stop me from spreading my messages and using my voice. NOTHING! Life matters. America matters. And we all MATTER! #walkaway and be YOU.— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 6, 2019
I don’t share this because “sad” or “im a victim “ quite the contrary. As many of you have said, it’s because it NEEDS TO BE SAID! The oppression of conservatives in Hollywood is at an all time high. Every voice deserves to be heard. No more censorship, no more liberal bullies.— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 6, 2019
While likeminded supporters are cheering her red carpet stunt, Villa’s anti-abortion dress has also prompted backlash from critics of Scientology, which she practices.
Joy is a prominent Scientologist. She and her husband donate a lot of money to Scientology. For decades Scientology forced women members of the Sea Org to have abortions. This wasn't about some rogue actors, this was policy. Scientology remains a criminal org & she is complicit https://t.co/XvnCMLHLCq— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 6, 2019
But yet you are a Scientologist who gives thousands and thousands of dollars to Scientology who force women to get abortions. So tell me joy what Cult do you care about the most?— Tyler J (@Ty_Jones1981) May 6, 2019
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