Never one to mince her words, Pink has condemned Dr Luke in a new interview with the New York Times. A discussion of music industry sexism led to talk of the producer, specifically with regards to his legal battle with Kesha – which ended this year when charges against him were dropped, and Kesha's counterclaim was overturned by a judge. When Pink clarified that she didn't know what had happened in the case, she also said:
…he's not a good person. I have told him that to his face and I do not work with him. He doesn't do good business, he's not a kind person, he doesn't do the right thing when given ample opportunities to do so, and I don't really feel that bad for him.
According to the interview, when given the opportunity to respond by the Times, Dr Luke did not comment.
Pink's response marks her out amongst a number of woman musicians, including Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga, who came out in support of Kesha when her allegations were first made public. Elsewhere in the interview, Pink referenced Trump's infamous '"grab them by the pussy" comment when talking about that now-familiar trope: speaking to family members who voted differently from you in a major election. In this case, Pink's father voted for Trump, she said.
"'So you hate me?' That's the last thing I said to him about it. 'You don't respect me as a woman. You wouldn't mind if someone walked up to [her daughter] Willow at the mall and grabbed her?"
She also mentioned that when she decided to release new album, Beautiful Trauma, this year, she was told by her label to "just be prepared, they don't play girls over 35 on Top 40 radio. There are exceptions, but they're songs, not artists – unless you're Beyoncé."
And despite receiving the coveted lifetime achievement Video Vanguard award at this year's VMAs, it seems that despite her 15-year career, she still feels like something of an outsider.But this seems to have worked largely to her advantage, as her straight-talking and difference from the rest of the singers in pop is what has cultivated her loyal and varied fanbase. From this interview, it's clear that her brand will be around for a while yet.
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