When Pink released her career retrospective, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!, she was nice enough to include two new singles on the collection: "Raise Your Glass" and "F****** Perfect." And, in many ways, these tracks are two sides of the same coin.
Both songs deal with overcoming obstacles, believing in yourself and persevering in the face of great odds. But while "Raise Your Glass" was a storming rah-rah anthem about "little freaks," "F****** Perfect" is a more somber, dire affair, although ultimately a triumphant one.
To go with the Max Martin- and Shellback-produced track, Pink, along with director Dave Meyers has created a harrowing video. In the "F****** Perfect" video, we see a character throughout various stages in her life as she deals with issues ranging from bullying, problems at school and at home. Played wonderfully as an adult by Tina Majorino (of "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Veronica Mars" fame), things come to a head when this character nearly takes her own life, graphically cutting herself and bleeding into a bathtub.
Due to the particularly sensitive nature of the scene, Pink has offered up the statement below to give context to the events depicted:
Despite the disturbing content, rest assured, this story has a happy ending.
Watch the premiere of Pink's "F******' Perfect" video below. Pink's Greatest Hits...So Far!!! is out now.
A Personal Note From P!nk:
I'm sure my newest video for "F**kin’ Perfect" will be much like some of my other videos, which basically means I expect it will ruffle some feathers.
My favorite books, art pieces, films, and music, always have something jarring about them. I want art to make me think.
In order to do that, it may piss me off, or make me uncomfortable. That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion.
That is my intention.
You can't move mountains by whispering at them.
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.
Its 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.
Making this video was a very emotional experience for me, as was writing this song. I have a life inside of me, and I want her or him to know that I will accept him or her with open and loving and welcoming arms. And though I will prepare this little munchkin for a sometimes cruel world, I will also equip this kid to see all the beauty in it as well. There are good people in this world that are open-minded, and loving. There are those that accept us with all of our flaws. I do that with my fans/friends, and I will do that with my child, whoever they decide to be.
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