Pink's 'F–––in' Perfect' video takes a dark look at depression

Pink’s new video for her song “F—in’ Perfect” wades into some pretty dark waters: attempted suicide, gruesome self-mutilation, an implied eating disorder, and an overarching theme of soul-crushing social alienation. But…hey, it’s Tina Majorino! I can’t believe Mac from Veronica Mars (hell, Toni from Andre) is grown-up enough to play a mom. Anyway, warning: The video contains strong language and some disturbing, NSFW imagery:

On her website, Pink addressed some of the issues the video might raise, writing:

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. A lot of us have seen certain starlets showing off their latest scars on a red carpet somewhere, usually right before they head back to their favorite rehab.

It’s a problem, and its something we should talk about.
We can choose to ignore the problem, and therefore ignore this video, but that won’t make it go away.
I don’t support or encourage suicide or cutting.
I support the kids out there that feel so desperate/numb/powerless, that feel unseen and unheard, and can’t see another way. I want them to know I’m aware. I have been there. I see them.
Sometimes that’s all it takes.

What do you think, Music Mixers? Does the video sensationalize depression? Or is it an anthem that supports people who are struggling?

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  • amanda

    love it. Pink has an amazing ability to take a “message” song and make it awesome instead of preachy and annoying.

    • Mocha

      Exactly. The same is true for another one of her songs, “Dear Mr. President”, which is beautiful and not at all preachy.

      • Me

        That song is the definition of Preachy.

    • Jo

      Totally agree. Even Raise Your Glass sends a message…albeit in a fun way. She’s gonna be a good Mom.

  • Dave

    F***ing amazing.

  • Mike

    This song and video is powerful and inspirational, yet songs all the club songs are at the top of the charts. What does that say about music?

    • Allison

      That people save their soul-searching music for when they’re soul-searching, and they want fun music when they leave the house?

      • Mike

        Well yeah, but the fact thats its not that high in the charts says that people really only prefer party music to inspirational songs. I’m not saying I disagree with you, I enjoy fun songs too. But I think that this is one of the songs and videos that need more social attention.

    • AK

      To be fair, the song was just-released. Give it time to climb the charts as well. After all, Pink’s last song went to #1.

      • Phil

        Totally echoing AK’s sentiments. I mean, here in Philly the song has been getting played for a month, but most pop stations just started spinning the “Prefect” edit…but either way, the song and the video are super fantastic, and seriously, when was the last time a pop artist released a greatest hits and had two hit singles off it!? I hope this song goes to #1 so she can take time off and raise her kid. I’ve been fortunate enough to hang out with her, see her a bunch of times live, and she truly is a pop star unlike many on the charts these days. My only fear is that when she does return to the music world after her child is born, that she gets a chilly reception like Aguilera has received. Yes, they are both completely different people, from different backgrounds, with different styles, but they are also white female artists that attempt to appeal to every race, creed, color and genre. Who knows what the pop soundscape will sound like when Pink graces us once more? But this song & video are f**king perfect.

  • aleksa

    I don’t think it’s sensationalism. I think it’s dealing with subject matter that people would rather not talk about.

    • Mac

      Agreed. And no,its not “preachy” in any way,shape or form. It JUST SEEMS that way,to “me.”

  • Julz

    I think it’s wonderful and it also shows the message that things do get better.

  • Neil

    Looks a bit like Black Swan.

  • tootles

    This video is beautiful. I almost broke down when she mouths “You are perfect” to her daughter when she’s sleeping. So moving.

  • JesseJ

    P!nk makes a point and makes it art. Brilliant. I know people too and they need to watch this.

  • Trudy

    Amazing video. P!nk does it again. She faces issues that are raw and are generally not discussed. Maybe if they were talked about more, it would be prevented more often. Though the video was triggering to me as an ex-cutter, I loved the message the video offered. Life gets better, and no matter what, you are perfect to someone.

  • Will J

    P!nk is the best pop artist around rite now.

  • lou

    I appreciate P!nk’s art. She knows how to pull at ur heartstrings and her raw soulful voice is the best in the biznez.

  • Dxx

    This is how one does a message video. Are you paying attention, Ke$-“my song and video are about suicide” but really have nothing to do with the subject and are a blatant attempt to capitalize on a tragedy when the video is all about booze and at one point you jump off a *building*- ha?
    Gorgeous and moving. This put me through the ringer. Well done.

  • steph

    i THOUGHT that girl looks familiar! I couldn’t place her. Thanks!

  • John

    No this is the truth everone needs power and stanth to keep it real in life . Life is not perfect and the kids don’t get serport in realizing it the only thing it takes is someone to listen and there is the problem NO ONE doe’s listen anymore there are to raped up in there own thnig they just don’t look around And see what happen or they just refuse to do anything about it..

  • angie

    Pinks video should wake people up but sadly it won’t. There are so many kids that need help or someone to talk to but people don’t seem to have time anymore for “problem” kids. The truth is the kids are not the problem it is the adults that won’t listen or that think its fine for their kids to treat others badly regardless of how it may affect the other. We see it everyday. It is a real shame. All kids have wonderful potential do be and do anything with their lives and people need to remember they are our future.

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