Pink praised by fans for giving away 2,000 banned books in Florida

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By Asiya Ali

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Fans have applauded Pink for giving away 2,000 banned books during her four concert dates in Florida.

As previously reported, the 44-year-old pop superstar proved that she is "still a rock star" with her "rock moves" after teaming up with national free speech organization, PEN America, to distribute copies of novels that were banned in public schools and libraries in the state.

The rocker took the stage on Tuesday (November 14) and Wednesday (November 15) for the Miami and Sunrise stops of her Trustfall Tour, and will also be performing in Orlando for two additional stops on Saturday (November 18), and Sunday (November 19).

The first 1,000 fans at each of the four dates will walk away with banned novels that contain themes of racial and sexual identity.

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Pink performs during her Trust Fall tour at Kaseya Center on November 14 in Miami, Florida. Credit: Alexander Tamargo / Getty

The 'So What' musician's collaboration comes as Florida enforced laws that limit how racism,  discrimination, and LGBTQ+ issues are taught in schools and the workplace.

This includes the Individual Freedom Act and Governor Ron DeSantis's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which has led to the state ranking first with the most banned books in school classrooms and libraries in the country, according to People.

The stories Pink - whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore Hart - has chosen to give away are The Family Book by Todd Parr, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, Beloved by Toni Morrison, or one of the texts from the Girls Who Code series.

She opened up more about why she's using her status as a celebrity to give away restricted texts in an Instagram live with author Amanda Gorman and PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel.

Watch her livestream below: 

The mom-of-two explained that she is a "voracious reader" and can't imagine "my own parents telling me what my kids can and cannot read, let alone someone else’s parents, let alone someone else that doesn’t even have children that are deciding what my children can read," as cited by CNN.

Nossel also said on the livestream that she was thankful that the singer decided to join the cause, sharing: "This is a wave that is taking over our country, our schools, our libraries.

"[They] are going after books about children of color, stories of LGBTQ families, books about babies, about animals," she continued. "This is censorship in its purest form. It is meant to suppress narratives that we need here as a pluralistic society and so we have to push back."

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The MoveOn Banned Book Mobile is handing out frequently banned books for free to anyone who attends the event. Credit: Derek White / Getty

The artist's charitable move has garnered a lot of praise on X (formerly known as Twitter), with many users commending her for using her platform to fight for education.

One user hailed: "This is what artists SHOULD be doing. You have a platform, USE IT!", while another chimed in: "P!nk is actually one of the best celebrities that fight for equality she has been for years we love her."

A third remarked: "P!nk doing more for our country [than] the government," and a fourth interjected: "And that's one of the many reasons she's iconic!"

Of course, Pink is also facing some criticism from naysayers, with one X user claiming that she might be breaking the law. However, the singer cheekily responded: "Let's look into it! Let me know! You know where I'll be!"

Another even made extreme allegations about her character and alleged they're "100% sure she probably can't read," but she replied: "You all really need to get some new talking points. This one is pretty played out. You're 100% sure I PROBABLY can't read?"

No matter what detractors have to say online, their noise was not enough to silence the Grammy Award winner as she had one final message to share.

"Very happy to have started this discussion about censorship and book banning. Will be giving out more books tonight," she said. "I will continue to stay on this topic whilst the conservatives can only talk about me personally since they have very little else to discuss.

"Onwards and upwards people! Have a beautiful, free-thinking day! I Read banned books!", Pink added.

Featured image credit: Alexander Tamargo / Getty

Pink praised by fans for giving away 2,000 banned books in Florida

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Fans have applauded Pink for giving away 2,000 banned books during her four concert dates in Florida.

As previously reported, the 44-year-old pop superstar proved that she is "still a rock star" with her "rock moves" after teaming up with national free speech organization, PEN America, to distribute copies of novels that were banned in public schools and libraries in the state.

The rocker took the stage on Tuesday (November 14) and Wednesday (November 15) for the Miami and Sunrise stops of her Trustfall Tour, and will also be performing in Orlando for two additional stops on Saturday (November 18), and Sunday (November 19).

The first 1,000 fans at each of the four dates will walk away with banned novels that contain themes of racial and sexual identity.

wp-image-1263236917 size-full
Pink performs during her Trust Fall tour at Kaseya Center on November 14 in Miami, Florida. Credit: Alexander Tamargo / Getty

The 'So What' musician's collaboration comes as Florida enforced laws that limit how racism,  discrimination, and LGBTQ+ issues are taught in schools and the workplace.

This includes the Individual Freedom Act and Governor Ron DeSantis's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which has led to the state ranking first with the most banned books in school classrooms and libraries in the country, according to People.

The stories Pink - whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore Hart - has chosen to give away are The Family Book by Todd Parr, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, Beloved by Toni Morrison, or one of the texts from the Girls Who Code series.

She opened up more about why she's using her status as a celebrity to give away restricted texts in an Instagram live with author Amanda Gorman and PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel.

Watch her livestream below: 

The mom-of-two explained that she is a "voracious reader" and can't imagine "my own parents telling me what my kids can and cannot read, let alone someone else’s parents, let alone someone else that doesn’t even have children that are deciding what my children can read," as cited by CNN.

Nossel also said on the livestream that she was thankful that the singer decided to join the cause, sharing: "This is a wave that is taking over our country, our schools, our libraries.

"[They] are going after books about children of color, stories of LGBTQ families, books about babies, about animals," she continued. "This is censorship in its purest form. It is meant to suppress narratives that we need here as a pluralistic society and so we have to push back."

wp-image-1263236926 size-full
The MoveOn Banned Book Mobile is handing out frequently banned books for free to anyone who attends the event. Credit: Derek White / Getty

The artist's charitable move has garnered a lot of praise on X (formerly known as Twitter), with many users commending her for using her platform to fight for education.

One user hailed: "This is what artists SHOULD be doing. You have a platform, USE IT!", while another chimed in: "P!nk is actually one of the best celebrities that fight for equality she has been for years we love her."

A third remarked: "P!nk doing more for our country [than] the government," and a fourth interjected: "And that's one of the many reasons she's iconic!"

Of course, Pink is also facing some criticism from naysayers, with one X user claiming that she might be breaking the law. However, the singer cheekily responded: "Let's look into it! Let me know! You know where I'll be!"

Another even made extreme allegations about her character and alleged they're "100% sure she probably can't read," but she replied: "You all really need to get some new talking points. This one is pretty played out. You're 100% sure I PROBABLY can't read?"

No matter what detractors have to say online, their noise was not enough to silence the Grammy Award winner as she had one final message to share.

"Very happy to have started this discussion about censorship and book banning. Will be giving out more books tonight," she said. "I will continue to stay on this topic whilst the conservatives can only talk about me personally since they have very little else to discuss.

"Onwards and upwards people! Have a beautiful, free-thinking day! I Read banned books!", Pink added.

Featured image credit: Alexander Tamargo / Getty