February 6, 2011
Punk'd by @Pink
My post for today was gonna be about the bread I baked yesterday. But -
I’ve been rolling around in bed - wide awake - since 3am with two issues kneading my brain - until finally I said - “ Screw it ! “
I'll brag about the bread tomorrow.
Both of these issues take me way off my plateau here - far from baking bread - and even far from stepping in chicken poop.
Fair Warning. Feel like testing your fortitude? If so - come along with me!
The first issue that drove me nuts was Dwayne’s cell phone screamin’ in the middle of the night - “ My battery’s dead ! My battery’s dead ! Come charge my battery ! NOW ! “
Been a long time since I felt that agony from being awakened and prodded out of bed to go tend to a crying baby. The difference is - babies are for snugglin’ with - and cell phones are for - well - some think they’re for throwing at housekeepers.
As for the second issue - I summed it up with a friend of mine last night.
“ I got Punk’d by @Pink. “
I won’t go into all the details. If you’re not familiar with Pink - you can go to her website - here. But I will give you fair warning - if you’re not willing and ready to go there with an open mind - don’t bother. Because you just won’t get it. But trust me - it would be a loss for you.
She comes from some of the same places in life as me - while growing up. Yeah - I know. “ Whouldda thunk ? “ What can I say? Some of us go for tiny nose rings - some of us go for huge nose rings.
Don’t even get me started on tattoos. She has ‘em - my dog has one.
And both are just so damn incredible!
I could end up being that vision of the old granny rockin’ in her rockin’ chair out on the porch - to “ So What “ blaring through the speakers and the windows of my house some day!
Not quite ready - yet. But maybe someday.
Anyway - Pink and her husband, Carey Hart , are about to become first-time parents! Yeah - Wench has a bun in the oven - and I am so excited for her! I have a pretty good idea how deep in the heart this subject goes for her. It’s an issue that’s gonna take her free-flying. I think this is gonna be one of those really - really - heavy subjects for a deep journey in her personal life. But - I think it’s one that she is so ready for!
She’s had two songs come flying out the windows over the past few weeks and just yank that Number 1 spot off the charts like it’s nobody else‘s to possess!
I was deep into stopping the world and enjoying my fun with cranking up the volume every time “ Raise Your Glass “ comes on the radio when I caught her Tweeting the link to a video she’d just completed for the next one.
It was like having a stroke when I saw the title.
My heart hit the floor. Absolutely - shocked. All I could do was shake my head east and west.
“ Wow ! She really blew it on this one. Timing sucks. No time for something like this to be coming out while having your first baby. What in Hell is she thinking ? “
Right off the bat - my opinion was that this was gonna be my first Pink CD that I would not be buying.
Didn’t change my heart for Pink - at all. Love that wench like she was my own kid! She gifted the relationship between Jen and me with a bridge - at a really crucial time in Jen’s life while she was in high school.
But - I decided to just let this one lay low and flow without my input.
And then last night’s “ Saturday Night on Twitter “ came along. And one of my friends popped off about not understanding all the hype over the title - because " there wasn’t one single cuss word in the entire song. "
That drew my curiosity. Twisted idea. But that would be right up Pink’s alley.
Okay - I had to see the video. Headed over to YouTube.com.
Made it to the first round of chorus when I realized - obviously - my friend had only heard the radio version. The one and only cuss word in the song is - very much - present in the song.
However - by the time you discover this - you - are - hooked.
I don’t care who you are - if you have a heart deep enough for love and compassion about girls growing up in this world - you will be hooked.
If you can peel that society-embedded shallow hypocrisy-fed negativity hiding behind simple words that keeps us all from accepting - facing - and fighting to beat certain realities that have no place in this world…
Most likely - you will find yourself crying - way before this video finishes.
The video and the dirty words - ( not the lyrics ) - are the brutality allowed to exist in this world.
And the musical melody put together for this song - that is Pink - everything beautiful that she is - feeling safe enough to show the world - pouring out her heart and all it connects with over these issues about girls.
Do not misunderstand me. I am not saying she went through any of these situations in the video.
There is a level of Hell in Life that brings all survivors together - able to connect with one another when it comes to the same feelings being affected - by the same amount of pain - regardless of the actual nightmare one has suffered.
I had to sit down and write this now - while all this is fresh in my mind. She Punk’d me! Funny - the wench is totally unaware! But I’m okay with that. Her loss! LOL
She made me see how gullible I can be.
She made me eat my own medicine - “ You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME ! “
This wench has gifted me - again !
Pink has taken a really dirty word - that is played in so many ways around this friggin’ screwed-up society - and used it to show us all how shallow-minded and how quickly some of us are willing to assume.
Okay - many of us. ( She’d argue until I said that. )
I’m left wondering - how many people in this country will refuse to absorb the depth of what she’s really trying to get across in this song and video - all because of - a word. A really stupid - simple - word.
I mean - there are words you can throw at someone - directly - and do great harm - which is just totally wrong and proves how much of a coward one is behaving like by doing such a thing.
All I know right now is - I owe Pink an apology. And I am so sorry. I have always trusted her judgment with her choice of content. And this is one where I really should have stood strong and put faith in her deep and real sense of good judgment.
Fair Warning -
This is the full-fledged video. This is NOT the cut version for radio and television play. Unfortunately - there are those that may be offended by content. I would not recommend viewing in the company of children.
But if you can open your mind enough to let go of allowing “ dirty words “ enough weight to keep you from receiving the message - trust me.
Personally - I don’t think God breaks a sweat over worrying about some word used in this effort.
And let me say this - there is absolutely NOTHING in this video that God has never seen.
*** Note: Just before posting to my blog I scrolled down further on Pink’s website and found a personal message from her about this video. I’m going back to read it after I finish the tech crap here. But I can already feel Goosebumps.
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