P!nk Lashes Out At Fans In Open Letter

PINK

We try to keep our pop music coverage at a minimum, but this week has given us a lot of crazy stuff to write about. This one is not that weird, but it is pretty surprising.

P!nk is at the center of fan outcry this morning after posting an open letter online that lashes out at (some of) her followers. It all stems from a recently scheduled performance in Birmingham, which was cancelled at the last minute due to illness. Fans had literally been lined up for the event prior to the cancellation, and the fallout from disappointing her followers has apparently been too much for Pink to bear. In fact, at one point in her message she encourages critics to “Kindly kiss my entire almost back to healthy ass.”

Before we dig too much into this, you should probably read the words as they were intended to be received. You can read Pink’s full message below:

To all of the fans/friends/people/ticket buyers from the Birmingham show that I had to cancel: and I say “had” because I had absolutely no choice in the matter, no control over the circumstances, and physically could not get my sick a– on stage, because of an ear infection and chest infection all at the same time, and even a doctor told me I could not go on stage wether [sic] I wanted to or not: To all of you:

I sincerely apologize, AGAIN, for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Sincerely. I actually rode by the venue, and saw some of you in line, and there was not a fucking thing I could do about any of it. Except cry. My heart was absolutely broken.

I am getting a lot of hate mail from some of you, not all. But to those of you that expect and feel entitled to perfection; Have a look at my track record- please- in general- for tours past. I have an incredible record. I do not cancel and I do not take it for granted how much trouble people go to- from spending hard earned money they don’t have, to travel expenses and time and planning, etc. I take NOnE of it for granted, EVER. That’s why I never phone it in. I go on stage and pour my f—ing heart and body out on that stage. I ruin my body and my vocal chords, make myself sicker, come hell or high water. I don’t lip sync, I don’t rely on dancers to do my work for me. I try to put the best show on that I can, that any human being can, and I don’t stop until I know you’re happy.

I am a human being, therefore I am able to catch illness. It is beyond my control- and I can’t apologize for that. And you know what I’ve been performing through the last week? ROTA virus. Look it up. I challenge any one of you to do what I do while sick with that. You couldn’t do it.
The fact that I don’t get the benefit of the doubt from you saddens me. There is no way I can make up this date. There isn’t a way. And for any of you that believe in me, please know we did everything we could to try to make it happen. Everything. It’s a logistical nightmare that is again, out of my control.
And guess what? I might actually get sick again on this tour. Can you imagine it? How dare I even think that? I have a two year old who is building her immune system by getting sick all over the place. And the fact that I even went on tour while being a full time mom is a miracle in itself.
The next time I schedule dates- ill [sic] have to say to myself- “if, God forbid I have to cancel one show, those fans will turn on me like rabid dogs and question the moral fabric of my character.” For the loyal and understanding fans- I am so so sorry if I’ve hurt you in any way. For the rest of you- Kindly kiss my entire almost back to healthy ass.

Love always, Alecia the human also known as p!nk

Do you think Pink’s thoughts were out of line? Comment below and let us know how you feel about this letter.

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  • she didn’t lashes out at her “fans”, those people are some mother fuckers who need an excuse to pick on her. ANY rational person would understand the reason why she cancel the show. The fact that those “fans” turned her sickness against her is discugsting.

  • Grace

    I’d argue this is just P!nk’s tongue-in-cheek (or not so much) character, tbh. There’s nothing that shocking here if you know her personality! I think she’s justified in what she’s saying, she just wrote it in a typically flamboyant way.