Stop what you're doing right now, and please watch Pink's "Beautiful Trauma" music video. It's a confusing, colorful romp through a 1950s household... except Channing Tatum is there, and at some point, Pink whips out a literal whip. I'm not totally sure what's going on, but I know I'm into it.
Pink has seriously upped her performance game in the past decade or so, transitioning from wild party girl into a true acrobatic and aerial artist. Her new/old "thing" is to create highly produced performances and videos, clearly designed to provoke thought, intrigue, and to show off her insanely impressive biceps.
Seriously, she's jacked.
In fact, at the 2017 American Music Awards, Pink performed "Beautiful Trauma" while hanging off the side of the J.W. Marriott hotel. She and her dancers delivered a stunning performance strapped to the outside of the building, and glided past hotel-goers who were watching in awe from inside their rooms. She and her crazy cast were suspended several stories high, and our girl sang the entire time. Sure, Channing Tatum wasn't there yet, but it was a performance for the books, anyway.
In her music video for "Beautiful Trauma," Pink tackles new territory, and transforms into an old-timey housewife. She and Tatum waltz through a comedic performance, presumably as husband and wife, and live a life that is fraught with taboo-isms of the portrayed decade.
Take a look.
I know, it's a lot.
From what I can tell, Pink is commenting on the societal standards we all feel from time to time, which also force us to behave or act in certain ways. However, in Pink and Tatum's household, there's much more going on behind closed doors.
For example, Pink appears to be a pill-popping wife, Tatum cross-dresses, and they both binge drink. Then, at some point, a third woman is introduced into the mix, and she and Pink do a little dominatrix dance.
The result is a super fun video.
During the credits, we catch little glimpses of behind-the-scenes moments, and Tatum and Pink both look like they're having the best time on set. They're laughing, high-fiving, and generally just being very casual superstars.
Pink has always been known to push the envelope and be true to herself. As part of a touching speech at the 2017 Video Music Awards, Pink shared a story about her daughter. In it, she said her daughter told her she was "the ugliest girl I know" and that she "looked like a boy with long hair."
Pink took it as a teaching moment. She explained,
I said, ‘You know, I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.’ And she said, ‘Well I look like a boy,’ and I said, ‘Well what do you think I look like?’ And she said, ‘Well you’re beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.’
And I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, mama.’ I said, ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, Mama.’ ‘OK! So, baby girl. We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.’
Pink, we love to love you, girl.
(Channing, you too.)
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