F***ing Perfect – A Controversial Video

Please note the following post and included video have course language and some images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

This music video by Pink focuses primarily on the life of a woman who overcame struggles to become a successful artist.

The video has been accompanied with a personal comment by Pink on her official website:
” Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. (the problem being; alienation and depression. the symptoms; cutting and suicide). I personally don’t know a single person who doesn’t know at least two of these victims personally. ”

Pink explains that, while the video may be considered shocking, it is intended to open our eyes to these problems. Pink believes the video is a message to everyone who needs help and described the process of making the video as a “very emotional experience” and related the core theme of “Fuckin’ Perfect” to her yet-to-be-born baby, saying, “I have a life inside of me, and I want her or him to know that I will accept him or her with open and loving and welcoming arms. And though I will prepare this little munchkin for a sometimes cruel world, I will also equip this kid to see all the beauty in it as well.” She also noted that she expects the video to “Ruffle some feathers,” meaning it would cause controversy.

Billboard talked about the video in two different, and largely positive reviews, and described it as “controversial,” saying, “Choosing to title her new single ‘F**kin’ Perfect’ and then open its video with graphic depictions of sex and bloody scenarios of cutting and suicide, P!nk knew her latest projects would ignite controversy. And that’s just the way she wants it, because in this particular case, the 31-year-old singer’s in-your-face approach is to ensure the message in the music isn’t lost or ignored.”

In the second review, Monica Herrera begins saying, “If P!nk’s new music video for ‘F**kin’ Perfect’ doesn’t make you cry or cringe at some point, you’ve got thicker skin than we do.” She also commented on a particular scene in the video, adding, “P!nk video’s story directly just once, when she toasts to the girl’s newfound happiness from across a crowded room…and it’s enough to make you want to raise your glass right along with them.”

MTV praised the video, giving a “hats off” to P!nk, while saying the video was a “moving call to awareness about a growing problem surrounding depression, numbness and powerlessness that leads to cutting and suicide. Her intention, as usual, is to ruffle a few feathers and shake a few sleepers as she points out ‘You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.’”

Please see the video, followed by lyrics below:

Lyrics: Pink – Fuckin’ Perfect

Made a wrong turn, once or twice
Dug my way out, blood and fire
Bad decisions, that’s alright
Welcome to my silly life
Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood
Miss ‘No way, it’s all good’, it didn’t slow me down
Mistaken, always second guessing, underestimated
Look, I’m still around

Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f*ckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you’re nothing
You’re f*ckin’ perfect to me!

You’re so mean, when you talk about yourself, you were wrong
Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead
So complicated, look happy, you’ll make it!
Filled with so much hatred…such a tired game
It’s enough! I’ve done all I can think of
Chased down all my demons, I’ve seen you do the same

Oh, pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f*ckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you’re nothing
You’re f*ckin’ perfect to me

The whole world’s scared so I swallow the fear
The only thing I should be drinking is an ice cold beer
So cool in line, and we try try try, but we try too hard and it’s a waste of my time
Done looking for the critics, cause they’re everywhere
They dont like my jeans, they don’t get my hair
Exchange ourselves, and we do it all the time
Why do we do that? Why do I do that?

Why do I do that..?

Yeah, oh, oh baby, pretty baby..!
Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f*ckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel
Like you’re nothing, you’re f*cking perfect to me
You’re perfect, you’re perfect!
Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f*ckin’ perfect
Pretty please, if you ever feel like you’re nothing
You are perfect to me….

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One thought on “F***ing Perfect – A Controversial Video

  1. Wow! this video is in a scary way so close to home for me. Pink beautifully and in a reakistic fashion was able to do a very intimate portrait of all of us feeling flaw and to deeply in pain to fell anything near perfection. So much is expressed in that song.Thank you Pink for letting others know how it is to feel a deep unease at living. Sending you hundred dozen roses.

    Dominique Delay

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