Pink will be singing the National Anthem at this year’s Superbowl on February 4 in Minneapolis, Variety reports.
Pink is having some year. If things followed their normal pattern the singer, (given name Alecia Beth Moore) would be approaching irrelevance. The star, who identifies as an “Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew” put out a remarkable stream of number one hits between 2000 and 2010, including “So What?” and “So Raise Your Glass.” But for pop singer with unconventional femininity, a problem-child personality, and a birth date in the 1970s, that should have been the end of Pink. Considering the meat grinder that is pop music’s treatment of women, she should have faded into the background long ago. Perhaps we would be rooting for her mildly on “Dancing With The Stars” or considering her range of silicon-coated cookware on the discount racks at “Bed, Bath & Beyond.”
Instead, Pink is better than ever. She recently released her seventh studio album. She collaborated with Eminem on a song on his brand new album, “Recovery.” She is constantly in the headlines for her powerful commentary on gender and feminism, famously speaking about how she told her bullied 7-year-old daughter, “We don’t change… We help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.” Pink has spoken frequently about the challenges of parenting and the under praised role of mothers. She has commented that she strives to raise her children outside of gender binaries so that they can become who they are without undue social pressures. Surely, the decision that she should represent American ideals at the Superbowl is intended to send a message about the power of female self-determination. Oh say, can you see that a loud-mouthed, short-haired, Jewish woman who doesn’t put a premium on youth and femininity is a great choice to represent the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny