On Wednesday, singer-songwriter Pink, real name Alecia Moore, posted a video to Twitter shaming supporters of President Donald Trump and declaring them faux Americans.
“How can anyone call themself a patriot or American if you re-elect a president that doesn’t govern, respect, or represent half of our country?” Pink says in the video. “That’s not America. That’s your America.”
“That’s not America,” she continued. “So you either worship the Confederate flag, which is not our flag, and it never will be, or you’re a hypocrite that doesn’t actually understand the meaning of patriotism or what it means to be an American.”
“Truth,” the 40-year-old singer concluded the video.
As noted by People magazine, Pink re-posted a statement over the weekend from singer Billie Eilish supporting radical anti-cop activist group “Black Lives Matter” and condemning the phrase “all lives matter.”
“I have an enormous platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and how I say it,” the post from Eilish says. “But holy f***ing s***, I’m just gonna start talking.”
“If I hear one more white person say ‘aLL liVeS maTtEr’ one more f***ing time, I’m gonna lose my f***ing mind,” she said. “Will you shut the f*** up? No one is saying your life is not hard,” the post continued. “No one is saying literally anything at all about you. All you mfs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”
In response to critics of the post, Pink scolded one user as the “epitome of white privilege.”
“Totally get where you’re coming from. HOWEVER, as a person with a lawyer brain, I have to say… when you single out one race and say ‘that’ race matters. You ARE implicitly saying other races don’t matter as much. It is automatically inferred,” the commenter criticized, according to People. “I believe it does this situation a disjustice [sic] by putting it in the #blacklivesmatter category. This could happen to ANY ONE OF US! THAT is the atrocity! THAT is the REAL issue. It is not about race.”
“You are the epitome of white privilege and the saddest part is that you don’t even hear yourself and probably never will,” Pink responded.
Protests started popping up across the nation last week over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer had his knee on the 46-year-old’s neck for over eight minutes during an arrest, as shown in viral video footage.
However, things quickly turned ugly; arson, looting, and violence spiked in places like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York City, Rochester, Richmond, and other cities.
Since the incident, all four officers involved in the arrest have been fired, investigations from the FBI and state law enforcement have been opened, and, on Friday, the officer at the center of the incident was taken into custody. The other three officers have since been charged.
— P!nk (@Pink) June 3, 2020
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