Pink is a grade-A 100% certified badass. Full stop.
The multi-award winning (Grammys, Emmys, Brits, she’s even got a couple of VMA Moon Men), best-selling, stadium-filling artist is a legend.
If you didn’t bop to her songs in high school (I did!) or blast her anthem about not giving a **** and being a *************** rockstar from your open car windows, then you must watch her perform her own acrobatics at the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Even if you’re not a fan of her music, it’s easy to get behind someone who preaches self-love so consistently (she made a PowerPoint of her daughter’s comment about feeling “ugly”) and has no time for haters. She didn’t take insults laying down when people came for her weight, or when she read mean tweets on “Jimmy Kimmel.”
So when a Twitter troll came at her about “being old,” you best believe she wasn’t about to let that slide.
Pink gave a master class in how to respond to ageism.
Yesterday, a Twitter-user suggested that the 38-year-old artist might be past her prime.
Wow Pink looks so old that should be named Purple instead
— Huachinango Refrito (@huachinango83) May 16, 2018
While Pink’s initial response was a little harsh, the artist then dropped some valuable knowledge about aging, and why it isn’t something to be ashamed about.
All of us should embrace every line and wrinkle. Why? Because it means we’re still out here, living, raising hell, and creating meaning out of this big old mess of a world.
I am of the mindset that it’s a blessing to grow old. That if your face has lines around your eyes and mouth it means you’ve laughed a lot. I pray I look older in 10 years, cause that will mean I’m alive. 🤙🏼
— P!nk (@Pink) May 16, 2018
The mean tweet once again reveals the immense pressure women everywhere are under “not to age.”
While men are praised for looking “mature,” “debonair,” and “distinguished,” as women age, the media and the fans criticize them for not doing it in a way that is deemed “appropriate.”
As more people with platforms speak out about it, the more we can become aware of the toxic culture around women’s worth, and what determines it, actually is.
In a perfect world, Pink wouldn’t have had to drop this perfect response.
We’re not there yet, but even simple clapback tweets are a step in the right direction.
Until the only questions asked about Pink and all women in the limelight are “Is she talented?” or “Is she rocking the arena?” or “Do you get entirely too emotional when that one song about ‘giving just one reason‘ comes on the radio?,” we’ll cheers to this pop-punk goddess.
Plus, it’s clear Pink’s not slowing down anytime soon.
Wrinkles and rolls tour here I come!