Pink takes on Trump, Dr. Luke & sexism in "New York Times" interview

By Andrea Dresdale

Sølve SundsbøIn a New York Times interview, Pink admits even she’s not quite sure why her career’s lasted this long. After all, as she tells the paper, “I’ve never won the popularity contest.”

“I was never as big as Britney or Christina,” notes Pink, who’s been scoring hits for 17 years. “If you look at any paragraph about pop music, I don’t get mentioned — my name doesn’t come up. And yet, here I go again, right under the wave, duck-diving.”

Pink’s new album, Beautiful Trauma, comes out next week, and she confirms that the first single, “What About Us,” is about the current political situation. She’s been outspoken about her dislike of President Trump, telling the Times: “It’s not even about politics anymore, it’s just about human decency.”

The singer also has nothing nice to say about hitmaking producer Dr. Luke, whom Kesha‘s accused of being sexually and verbally abusive to her. Pink, who last worked with Luke in 2006, says “I know that regardless of whether or not Dr. Luke did that, this is his karma and he earned it because he’s not a good person. I have told him that to his face and I do not work with him.”

Dr. Luke has denied Kesha’s accusations.

As for her own experiences with sexism in the music industry, Pink describes her record label’s reaction when, prior to giving birth to her nine-month-old son Jameson, she had a miscarriage.

“[They] were super excited because I was pregnant. They were like, ‘Oh, this means we’re getting to the goal [of a new album],’” she tells the Times. “So when they found out I had a miscarriage…I could just see their wheels turning. ‘So, yeah, you’re going to try again?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to try again.’”

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