September 8, 2023
Today is Pink's birthday.
Four years ago circumcision opponents went ballistic when the recording superstar posted a photo of her feeding a pelican with her children. Unbeknownst to Pink her 2 year-old son had removed his diaper, and his circumcised penis was visible to her 7.4 million Instagram followers.
The 39 year-old mother of two responded to the online abuse. "There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all fucking disgusting." A few weeks later she opened up during an appearance on The Ellen Show. "There's a kind way to be online. And I'm open to kindness."
Pink (styled as P!nk, née Alecia Moore) is one of the best selling singers of all time, with more than 135 million records sold worldwide. Four of her songs have reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. She has won numerous music awards, including three Grammy Awards, and was named Billboard's Pop Songs Artist of the Decade in 2009 and Woman of the Year in 2013. She received the BMI President's Award in 2015 "for her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry." In 2019 she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year she was named Pollstar's Artist of the Year following the success of her $397 million worldwide Beautiful Trauma Tour.
Pink's success in the music industry is matched by her philanthropic generosity. In 2017 she donated $500,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. At the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards she received the People's Champion Award for her support of No Kid Hungry, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Planned Parenthood, REVERB, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign, and UNICEF.
In January 2020 Pink pledged $500,000 to local fire departments in Australia. The firefighters were battling brushfires that burned 30,000 square kilometers (11,500 square miles,) killing 24 people and hundreds of millions of animals. Later that year she made two donations totaling $1 million for Covid testing and relief to hospitals in Los Angeles (near her home) and Philadelphia (where her mother worked as a nurse.) In April 2023 No Kid Hungry honored her with a National Champion Award for her 10-year campaign to end childhood hunger in the United States.
Most intactivists who attack Pink never donated for Covid relief. They've raised no money to feed hungry children. The intactivist movement hasn't held any fundraisers to benefit the Red Cross or beleaguered firefighters. Intactivists denounce Pink because her son took off his diaper. But Pink's son is thriving, and millions of other children have benefitted from her generosity.