It's apparently the summer of musician feuds. Fresh off Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus for dissing her in the press on the VMA stage, the latest celeb fight comes from two stars you probably wouldn't have expected to get into it. Interestingly enough, this one also has to do with MTV's big night. Pink and Demi Lovato got into a back and forth over negative comments that Pink allegedly made about the VMAs and some of its performers.
Pink allegedly said on her private Instagram account that she was "let down" by the VMAs this year. The 35-year-old reportedly wrote,
I felt sad because music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won't save any kids life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers. Beside Macklemore and pharell [Williams] and [Justin] bieber (pre sob fest) and the weekend, Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe.
Obviously, this account leaves out several big name performers, including Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and of course, Demi Lovato. Lovato called Pink out for her alleged diss on her Twitter page:
Not long after, Pink responded, defending herself from the backlash she received from Lovato and some other Twitter users:
This heated exchange of words is a tricky one, for sure. On one hand, it does not seem like Pink was specifically dissing Lovato. She even said that she actually forgot that Lovato performed, so it appears that Pink was frustrated about the state of the music industry in general and wanted to vent about that, rather than knock one specific person. And in Pink's defense, artists should be able to discuss their issues with the entertainment world without people automatically assuming they are trying to start a serious beef.
But on the other hand, it does seem like Pink was generalizing the woes she had with the music industry into just one awards show night. The VMAs is not typically seen as a serious night anyway, and Pink has had her share of fun performing for the show in the past. (Check her out on that swing!). On top of that, the danger with generalization is that it can sometimes cause you to look past examples of people doing the very things you claim they are not. After all, Lovato has long been an advocate for mental health, as well as body positivity, and these messages are reflected in many of her hit songs. It just so happened that those weren't the songs she performed that specific night.
Obviously, this is a very complex conversation that cannot be summed up into one woman being right and the other being wrong. Hopefully these two amazingly talented women will be able to have an honest conversation about issues that are important to them and how to best advocate for them at some point after things have cooled down. Right now it seems like a lot of talking and not a whole lot of listening — something both women could benefit from.