In a completely baller move, Pink sticking up for the state of Florida by giving away 2,000 books while on tour in the Miami area.
A voracious reader herself, the musician is partnered with her PEN America, a non-profit organization that focuses on protecting free speech. The Sunshine State and Governor Ron DeSantis passed legislation earlier this year to push for the removal of certain books in the state’s classrooms. The bills include the The Bill for Parents’ Rights in Education (also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill) and the Stop WOKE Act, and prohibit discussion of race and sexual orientation “in a manner that is not age or developmentally appropriate.” This extends to children’s books such as “The Family Book” by Todd Parr, which depicts the multiple makeup of a family and is part of Pink’s gift.
The bills make it easier for far-right parental rights groups like Moms for Liberty to ban books on topics such as racism, race, LGBTQIA rights, gender and sexuality. Florida leads the nation in suspensions, with more than 1,400 cases across 33 school districts.
What books is Pink giving out at her concerts?
Pink has now partnered with local bookstore Books & Books and PEN to highlight the rise of banned books in the state, and the four free books come from List of books banned by PEN. In addition to “The Family Book,” Pink is bringing Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb,” Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” and a book from Reshma Saujani’s series, “Girls Who Code.”
Not all of the singer’s fans were happy with her decision. Since the announcement, she has been annoying people she doesn’t know left and right, but the “So What” singer isn’t missing a beat. She was attacked for “promoting pornography” and it was this to say in response: “Porn is not my thing. It is to support freedom of speech. Nor is it in my best interest to allow narrow-minded bigots to decide what every child can read. FREEDOM! AMERICA!”
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