Pink Accepts 'Shut Up And Sing' Challenge After Backlash From Roe V. Wade Tweet

Mason Joseph Zimmer
Pink with neutral expression appearing in makeup and elaborate outfit in filtered selfie
instagram | @pink

The singer Pink is now accepting her critics' "shut up and sing" challenge after receiving backlash for her tweets in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that overturned Roe V. Wade.

At this point, it should be clear to most of us that Pink is as outspoken a public figure as she is a popular musician. And while she's generally not afraid to make her opinions known, that's especially true when it comes to political matters and issues that concern women's rights.

Although this is something that a lot of her fans love her for, it's also a trait that tends to make Pink her share of enemies. And while these people are usually dismissed with a scathing retort every time they try to mess with her, it seems that she's recently considered one slogan they keep repeating amusing enough to comply with it.

But as we'll soon see, this is definitely a case of malicious compliance.

On June 25, Pink became one of the many celebrities reacting in horror to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed Roe. V. Wade during the previous day.

Pink with neutral expression appearing in makeup and elaborate outfit in filtered selfie
instagram | @pink

But while Bette Midler expressed her disappointment with a satirical proposal to ban Viagra, Pink's statement was much more direct.

As she put it in an explosive tweet, "Let’s be clear: if you believe the government belongs in a woman’s uterus, a gay persons business or marriage, or that racism is okay- THEN PLEASE IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD NEVER [expletive] LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AGAIN. AND ALSO [expletive] RIGHT OFF. We good?"

But while some of the people who were irked by this statement seemed to pretend not to know who she was, many apparently told her to "shut up and sing."

microphone with pop filter in Pink's home studio in front of piano
twitter | @Pink

By that, they either wanted to her to stop reminding them that woman whose music they enjoy doesn't share their political views or wanted her music (and by extension her) to exist as an escape from the issues of the day.

But while artists would normally be quick to decry this kind of thinking as entitled and oversimplifying their cultural value, Pink made further messages showing this photo and implying she was about to accept their challenge.

And sure enough, she would upload a video on Twitter and Instagram that bore the hashtag "#challengeaccepted."

Pink holding up fingers to indicate smallness during black and white "shut up and sing" video
twitter | @Pink

But of course, it soon clear that the detractors asking for this should have been careful what they wished for. After all, it turns out she can express her defiance through song as well.

As she sang, "You can call me irrelevant / Insignificant / You can try to make me small."

And as we can tell from her vocalizing after these lines, her song seems to be a work in progress, but it nonetheless made it clear that she sees no reason to stop speaking her mind.

This seemed to slightly annoy her critics, but amused her fans who encouraged her not to let anyone stop her from speaking out against the injustices she sees.

Honestly, what did her opponents expect her to do at this point?

h/t: ET Canada