Pink Won't Apologize for Condemning Student Involved in Face-Off with Native American Elder
Pink is refusing to apologize for her opinions.
Days after speaking out regarding the viral confrontation between a MAGA hat-wearing teenager and a Native American elder and veteran — calling the student’s behavior “appalling and beyond disrespectful” — the singer explained why she was standing behind her opinion, despite getting backlash from some of her followers.
“I am the same girl I’ve always been. I have always admitted when I am wrong. I have apologized many times. I’m a big believer in apologies, when you’re wrong,” she wrote on Thursday, alongside a throwback image of herself standing strong.
“I was raised by a Vietnam Veteran who taught me to stand up for what I believe to be right. Even if that means standing alone,” she added. “I do not now, nor have I ever apologized for some of my very polarizing opinions. If you are surprised by this, or offended, you have every right to unfollow me, as you really don’t know who I am. I am mostly peace and love, with a little bit of go f*ck yourself.”
Continuing, she wrote, “So when you keyboard warriors (anonymous toughguys) threaten me? that middle finger is pointed at you. Again: the unfollow button is (I think) top right of your screen. It lets you unfollow people you find make you uncomfortable. It’s great. It really works.”
“This country is broken right now in a lot of ways. It makes me very angry and sad,” the singer continued. “We all remind me of my parents right before their divorce when they could no longer even speak to each other with anything less than hatred and vitriol. It’s tragic. And we’re all to blame.”
“There are many beautiful people in the world and in this country who want equality for all. Justice. For people to be paid for their work. For their leaders to communicate in productive ways. For children to have respect for others, for veterans to be honored and treated with respect. These are the ideals my father raised me with. And you all cannot talk me out of it,” the mother of two added. “No matter what vile things you say about me and my husband and my children. Onwards and upwards. Keep fighting the good fight.”
Days earlier, Pink had shared a video from the incident, which occurred last week in Washington, D.C.
“Appalling and beyond disrespectful. Nauseating. What’s going to be done about this? And why can’t this s— happen when I’m around? There’d be some headlines that day. That’s for sure. Where are the chaperones???? Teachers??? Parents????” she wrote alongside the clip.
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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump criticized the media for making what he claimed were unfair judgements against high school student Nick Sandmann and his classmates at a Kentucky Catholic school — who were recorded wearing “Make America Great Again” hats while in a standoff with a group of Native American activists at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. last week.
“Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
The students were initially widely condemned over the weekend after brief clips from the incident appeared to show them harassing and mocking the activists, including Omaha Tribe elder Nathan Phillips.
Longer footage from that day, which surfaced over the weekend, shows that Phillips intervened between the students and a small group of Black Hebrew Israelites who had been yelling obscenities at them and criticizing them for their pro-Trump attire.
Sandmann, who was on a field trip with his schoolmates to rally at the March for Life, attacked the “misinformation” and “outright lies” reported about what happened in a statement released over the weekend.
“I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves,” Sandmann said. He went on to say that although in the video he looks like he was smirking at Philips, he explained his demeanor as “remaining motionless and calm” to help “diffuse the situation.”
“I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor,” Sandmann continued. “I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.”
On Monday, Phillips told PEOPLE that the teenage boy who stood before him needed cultural sensitivity training.
Phillips now wishes to travel to the students’ Covington Catholic High School and talk with them about “cultural appropriation, racism, and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures,” according to a release from the Indigenous Peoples Movement.
“What’s next for me,” Phillips says, “is to bring awareness of what is happening and continue with my prayers and help the youth.”