Whoever guessed that the girl who released There You Go 22 years ago would go on to become one of her country’s most outspoken critics and protesters-through-music, you get a cookie.
Irrelevant is P!nk’s latest single, and its message curls around the refrain: “The kids are not alright, none of us are alright/ I’m tired but I won’t sleep tonight, ‘cos I still feel alive.”
In the clip created by P!nk and Brad Comfort, we are presented a brief history of the most crucial moments in the progression of human rights, from the earliest American suffragettes, abolitionists and women’s rights leaders (Sojourner Truth, Carrie Chapman Catt, Susan B. Anthony) through to civil rights figures of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s (Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz, Martin Luther King), as well as their foes.
We then get a veritable cascade of the issues and events which have been thumping America around lately (and, some would argue, for much longer than that): school shootings, BLM marches, biased news outlets, abortion rights, LGBTQ+ rights, the January 6th riots, politicians pontificating… all interspersed with P!nk singing some of her most affecting lyrics to date.
The final refrain of the track is “Girls just wanna have rights/ So why do we still have to fight?”
Watch below, and please be warned the video contains language and imagery which may be offensive to some viewers.