Last night at the MTV VMA’s, P!nk was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Instead of doing the usual acceptance speech, she told a story about a conversation she had with her six-year-old daughter.
I’ve been a fan since her first album. As a performer, she has always been a badass. Last night, she upped her badass to a new level. She encouraged her daughter to be herself, even if she is not part of the crowd. I’ve had nothing but respect for her since day one, my respect for her has grown ten fold since last night.
The problem is in our culture that we are taught that what others think of us matters to the point where our own voices are drowned out. If they don’t like us, then we don’t like us. That attitude leads to a whole host of issues, including mental health issues and addiction.
Last night, P!nk spoke not only to her daughter, but to the millions of fans watching who are afraid to be themselves. It was genuine, it was from the heart and it was exactly what many of us need to hear. For that, she will forever have my everlasting respect.