Is Pink’s new song about Trump?

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Ever since Donald Trump announced that he was running for president in June 2015, virtually every actor, comedian, or musician has made it a point to produce something that either makes fun of him and his supporters or straight up insults them.

And this is why it’s so hard for me to figure out whether Pink’s new single “What About Us,” which she released on Thursday, is about Donald Trump or not.

For a pop star who hasn’t released any solo music since 2012, you would normally release a song that’s more-or-less catchy and playful to rally the fan base and bring in new listeners. This song is far from it.

The song opens with:

“We are searchlights, we can see in the dark,
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars,
We are billions of beautiful hearts,
And you sold us down the river too far.”

The first three lines of the first verse seem fine, until you get to the last line. “You sold us down the river too far” sounds like Pink is speaking for the millions of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities who view President Trump as a hostile figure.

Then we get to the chorus:

“What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?”

From the chorus, it seems pretty obvious that the song is about Trump. Democrats and NeverTrumpers have accused the president of being a “con man” by selling a bill of goods to the American people that he had no plans on delivering on.

“The broken happy ever afters” line could easily be attributed to the Department of Homeland Security separating immigrant families or Trump’s infamous travel ban, or as his critics call it “the Muslim ban,” that’s also reportedly separated families.

Then, of course, you get to the part about all the plans ending in disaster, and you immediately think about how liberals believe Trump is trying to start World War III.

Here comes the second verse:

“We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willin’, we came when you called
But man, you fooled us, enough is enough, oh”

This could easily be interpreted as Pink saying that people of color, women, Muslims, Hispanics, and members of the LGBTQ community, who face plenty of daily struggles, just want to be loved. In the last two lines, it sounds like she’s saying many were willing to give Trump a chance, but were completely fooled in the end.

Then comes the bridge:

“Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready?
It’s the start of us, waking up come on
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
I don’t want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
‘Cause now it’s time to let them know
We are ready, what about us?”

These lyrics scream “RESIST!” Pink sings about how everyone needs a “wake up call” and that she’s ready to fight back. She throws in a line about not wanting control and instead wanting to “let go,” but that sounds like she wants to be more apathetic to everything that’s going on rather than be enraged all the time.

Of course, I could be wrong and this could really just be a love song. Nevertheless, my cynicism persisted, and Pink might be the new face and voice of the revolution.

Listen to the full song below: