Pink’s new video for her song “F—in’ Perfect” wades into some pretty dark waters: attempted suicide, gruesome self-mutilation, an implied eating disorder, and an overarching theme of soul-crushing social alienation. But…hey, it’s Tina Majorino! I can’t believe Mac from Veronica Mars (hell, Toni from Andre) is grown-up enough to play a mom. Anyway, warning: The video contains strong language and some disturbing, NSFW imagery:
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On her website, Pink addressed some of the issues the video might raise, writing:
Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. (the problem being; alienation and depression. the symptoms; cutting and suicide). I personally don’t know a single person who doesn’t know at least two of these victims personally. A lot of us have seen certain starlets showing off their latest scars on a red carpet somewhere, usually right before they head back to their favorite rehab.
It’s a problem, and its something we should talk about. We can choose to ignore the problem, and therefore ignore this video, but that won’t make it go away. I don’t support or encourage suicide or cutting. I support the kids out there that feel so desperate/numb/powerless, that feel unseen and unheard, and can’t see another way. I want them to know I’m aware. I have been there. I see them. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
What do you think, Music Mixers? Does the video sensationalize depression? Or is it an anthem that supports people who are struggling?