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posted Friday, January 28, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 04
P!nk's new video tackles bullying and suicide
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P!nk's new video tackles bullying and suicide

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

These days, the entertainment world is abuzz with Gay this and Gay that. Ricky Martin admits he's Gay. Elton John has a baby. Lady Gaga helped to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and Glee has all but taken over TV Land. Gaystream, it would seem, has become Mainstream.

Just as 2011 promises to be the Year of the Gay entertainer, P!nk is making a statement in her latest music video.

The megastar, who is riding high on hit singles from her greatest hits collection, released her music video for 'F**kin' Perfect' last week, which offers a graphic reminder that bullying comes in many forms and suicide is never the answer.

In the provocative four-minute video, pop music's bad girl sings, 'Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel like you're less than fucking perfect/ Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel like you're nothing / You're fucking perfect to me.'

The images are graphic, starting off with a sex scene with a woman who, after making love, begins to recall images from her childhood as she stares at a teddy bear she's had since she was a little girl. The video then moves onto images of a girl who is bullied in many different ways (at school, as the mall, etc.) and ultimately attempts suicide by etching 'PERFECT' into her arms. Following the words of the song, she realizes she is worth living for and begins to shape her image to eventually become an artist and fall in love. She passes down the teddy bear to her own daughter by the end of the powerful music video.

With lyrics such as 'Done looking for the critics because they're everywhere / They don't like my jeans / They don't get my hair,' it's easy to see why this song has quickly become a hit and will inevitably strike a chord with a young generation of LGBT teens who feel like maybe they are 'less than fucking perfect.'

Message songs like 'F**kin' Perfect' are not new - in fact, videos that depict images of bullying and harassment are even a bit overdone. But what P!nk has successfully done (again - remember 'Stupid Girls'?) is blend realistic imagery with meaningful lyrics, and she should be applauded for it. We live in the age of instant everything - instant gratification, instant messages. Unfortunately, along with the instant everything can come instant bullying.

Good for P!nk for offering the youth of today - Gay and straight alike - instant support, love, and a message of hope.

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