P!nk's most recent album is titled Hurts 2B Human and on Monday (Aug. 5) -- in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio -- she reminded her followers on Twitter what one of the most important parts of being human is: talking and listening to each other.
First, the singer took to Instagram to repost a poem by Brian Bilston called "America is a Gun." The piece finds the British poet trafficking in stereotypes in order to make a devastating point about the one that now sticks to the U.S. like a scarlet letter. "England is a cup of tea/ France, a wheel of ripened brie/ Greece, a short, squat olive tree/ America is a gun," reads the first stanza. It ends with the lines: "Japan is a thermal spring/ Scotland is a highland fling/ Oh, better to be anything/ than America as a gun."
P!nk's tweet of the poem sparked some backlash from Fox News contributor Britt McHenry, who wrote, "There is nothing 'better' to be than an American. In our turmoil, weaknesses, struggle, unit is what we need now. I believe that @pink. America is the country that loves you and helped make you into a star. As a fan of your music, this disappoints me."
"I believe there is nothing 'better' than being a human being," P!nk responded. "Each country has their beauty,+their struggles. We should all be thinking humans first. And I also believe art is meant to cause dialogue, which the posting of this poem just did. Dissent is the cornerstone of democracy."