“Born This Way,” is amazing, but “Raise Your Glass” came first. (Lyrics and video not safe for work. Video also contains imagery that may be offensive to the devout.)
I have had a mad-rampant girl-crush on P!nk since the moment I clapped eyes on her back in 2000. But it wasn’t until I watched this video that I understood exactly why. I’ve always loved her intoxicating mix of toughness, smarts, goofy humor, raw emotion, and unbridled power, and she’s always struck me as a woman who would bulldoze any- and everything that stood in her way. But with this video, P!nk proved to me that she gets diversity. She gets bullying. She gets fear. She gets discrimination and prejudice and exclusion and assumption and she wants the world to know that she thinks it’s all bullshit. This video makes me cry every time. EVERY time. And then it makes me want to change the world.
I don’t know her whole personal history, but I realize that she has a metric ton of rage and some of her lyrics and actions are far less tolerant and accepting than those found in “Raise Your Glass.” She’s done her fair share of alienating and criticizing her fellow women when she feels they’re selling themselves short, making choices that could harm their future prospects, or behaving in ways that demean women in general. But P!nk is an outspoken feminist who encourages all women to fight hard for their rights and beliefs. She has written with passion about self-image, confidence, peer pressure, over-sexualization, and the unyielding pressure to be thin. She’s incredibly sexy, but chooses her own path to sexiness: She looks and dresses quite differently from most of the renowned beauties of our time, and she knows it and she owns it. She is unapologetically messy and emotional and loud, and has no desire to tone down her looks or beliefs or lyrics to make anyone more comfortable. She is brave and strong and bold, and she wants you to be, too.
Her way isn’t my way. I could never be her, and I don’t want to. But I sure as hell admire her.