“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” Final Podcast:

Trigger warning: sexual assault, eating disorders, drug overdose, abuse

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Aly Raisman addresses Larry Nassar, calls out U.S.A. Gymnastics in victim impact statement | ESPN*trigger warning: sexual assault*

(WATCH) U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman directly addresses Larry Nassar and calls out U.S.A. Gymnastics in her victim impact statement.

Rose McGowan describes alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein: Nightline Part 1 *trigger warning: sexual assault*

(WATCH) McGowan says the alleged rape happened during Sundance in 1997. An attorney for Weinstein said he “denies Rose McGowan’s allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.”

R Kelly survivors ‘grateful’ for 30 year prison sentencing *trigger warning: sexual assault*

Singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans to systematic sexual abuse. Speaking outside court, accuser Jovante Cunningham said she was ‘very proud of my judicial system’ and of her fellow survivors.

It is 2017 and a wave of accusations against celebrity figures and other men in power begins, bringing sexual misconduct and the mistreatment of women to the forefront of the media. Courageous women with large and small platforms speak out against their abusers, just like we heard from survivors Aly Raisman, Rose McGowan, and Lizzette Martinez.  The accused, among many others, include Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, R. Kelly, Matt Lauer, and former President Donald Trump. This reignites the Me Too Movement, founded in 2006 by sexual assault survivor and activist Tarana Burke. 

(WATCH) Tarana Burke on the Work That Still Needs to Be Done After #MeToo Movement’s Start | The View

On “The View,” the activist who started the Me Too movement shares her thoughts on cancel culture and reacts to the trials of Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard and Kevin Spacey v. Anthony Rapp.

In the midst of this painful and frustrating time in the entertainment industry, Alecia Beth Moore, professionally known as P!nk, released a ballad that would resonate with victims and activists everywhere titled Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.

In 2015 when P!nk wrote this song, it was not originally written with the Me Too Movement in mind, but an earlier Women’s Rights movement a century earlier, the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In her Apple Music Documentary, On the Record: P!nk – Beautiful Trauma which was released in 2017, P!nk shares that she and her co-writer, Busbee, created this ballad for the 2015 film The Suffragette. The film centered around the Suffragette movement in Britain in 1912, and the women that risked their lives to fight for the right to vote.

On the Record: P!nk — Beautiful Trauma (Explicit) – ‎Apple Music

Through candid interviews and footage, this exclusive film looks at the making of P!nk’s album Beautiful Trauma.

(WATCH) Suffragette Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep Drama

Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep star in this powerful drama, inspired by true events, about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early twentieth-century Britain. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline (Meryl Streep), Maud (Carey Mulligan) joins the U.K.’s growing Suffragette movement alongside women from all walks of life who sacrificed their jobs, homes, children-and even their lives for the right to vote.

The women’s suffrage movement marked the first wave of feminism when women began to protest for what they deserved. This not only included the right to vote, but also equality in education, employment, and reproductive rights. Success came in the form of the 19th Amendment in 1920, finally granting women the right to vote. But, this was just the beginning for women’s rights, because for the next century… the fight would continue. While listening to the lyrics of P!nk’s song and the powerful, motivational way the words are delivered, her audience gets a sense of the fight these women were willing to give to free themselves of an unequal, patriarchal society. When accepting her 2017 VMA Video Vanguard Award, she tells the world how she makes her daughter feel like an empowered woman in the midst of an anti-woman world.

(WATCH) P!nk Accepts the ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’ | 2017 VMAs | MTV

P!nk accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and delivers a message of self-empowerment.

P!nk has never been one to hold back her thoughts on society, consistently creating music throughout her career to cause a ruckus and make people angry. Her 2006 song, Stupid Girls, was the first time P!nk created music for the feminist community, using her voice to share that women are not just to look pretty and please men in a sarcastic tone. Although the song received backlash for criticizing female celebrities for characteristics ranging from having blonde hair to having an eating disorder, Stupid Girls entered P!nk into her journey of voicing her opinion on social and political issues.

(WATCH) P!nk – Stupid Girls Official Music Video  *trigger warning: eating disorders*

Even before this, in her first album, titled Can’t Take Me Home, released in 2000, when P!nk began to brush the surface of female empowerment. In her punk rock girl era, P!nk was finding her voice within the music industry, testing out the waters of how far she could go. With her song Most Girls, we are introduced to a young woman with a lot to say about how she does not need a man to get to the top. 

(WATCH) P!NK – Most Girls (Video Version)

Fast-forward to 2013, P!nk is named Billboard Woman of the Year for her fearlessness and “bad-ass” take on her performances that inspire women both in and out of the music industry. In her acceptance speech, she shared her goals for the future generation of women. 

(WATCH)P!nk Is Billboard’s Woman of the Year 2013 — Event Highlights

Watch highlights of P!nk at the Billboard Women in Music Event in New York City, Dec. 10 2013

While her grit and confidence radiated from the outside, that was not always reality. As a Doylestown, Pennsylvania native, she faced behavioral challenges as a teen, making her rise to fame even more difficult. When she was just 15 years old, she had a drug overdose and her life was close to ending. It was this traumatic experience that gave her the motivation to use her talent to make more of herself. Her biggest inspirations were the artists who were or are unapologetically them, including, Janice Joplin, Elton John, and Micheal Jackson. Looking back on her music, where she started at age 21 when her first album launched her into stardom, to now, she creates performances that inspire millions to raise their voice and never settle. 

P!nks voice, composition of her songs, and performance touch any audience that comes her way. When you listen to this song, you can imagine any hardship going on either in the country or your own life, and feel not only heard but inspired to come back stronger. From sexual assault survivors to female empowerment, to the right to vote,, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken comes at a time when everyone needs to hear what she has to say.