by Lisa Kalner Williams
Categories: Animals, Music, Video
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“Get The Party Started” singer Pink has always been one to speak her mind — especially when it comes to protecting animals.

So when she recently noticed a couple of spraypainted horses on a Malibu beach, she took to Twitter to share her disgust: “If there are any animal activists around Malibu- at Leo Cabrillo State Beach, there are horses being painted for a stupid music video. Shame.” After her 140 characters ran out, she continued: “Artists should be more aware and responsible for their actions.”

Pink was soon informed that the horses were part of a video for  “I Love You Like A Love Song,” the latest from Disney darling and Justin Bieber squeeze Selena Gomez.

And the word from Team Gomez? According to Selenita’s rep, “A non-toxic, vegetable-based powder paint was applied via an airbrush and removed with water. An official from The Humane Society was on set supervising … it was important to the Production Company, Record Label and Ms. Gomez that no animals were harmed and all proper precautions were taken.”

While Selena’s Twitter account has been mysteriously silent since Thursday, her fans have taken to the Twitterverse to lambaste Pink’s defense of animals.

But those “Selenators” haven’t silenced Pink. “whether u r a fan of mine or whomEVER’S, i won’t stop speaking out about animal cruelty. i’ve taken responsibility in the past, so should she.”

Which side are you on in this “Battle of the Tweets”?

About Lisa Kalner Williams

Lisa Kalner Williams is a lover of rock 'n' roll and founder of Sierra Tierra Marketing, a social analytics, strategy, and education company. She lives with her vegan family in the Greater Boston area.

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  • David

    So they put non-toxic pink ‘dirt’ on a horse, then used water to wash it off. Now horses often naturally roll in dirt/dust. So the pink powder followed by a bath is no different, except for color, than what could happen in nature.

    Pink needs to get over herself. She thought she saw a questionable practice but rather than ask questions she shot her mouth off.

    • JayP

      David….see below!

  • Karina

    Thank you, Pink. Painting animals for a stupid video is completely absurd and unnecessary. Leave the animals alone.

  • BanTheFurTrade

    As a longtime animal rights supporter (and former horse owner) I don’t think this is a big deal at all. They used a non-toxic dye and washed it off when they were done. How is that in any way abusive? I generally admire Pink for all she does for animals, but this is just silly. No wonder so many people think animal activists are crazy! We really need to pick our battles more carefully.

    • herwin

      +1. well said. :-)

    • Roxanne Delgado

      Because horses are living beings not furniture to used as decorative pieces. it is a lack of respect and teaches children that wrong message on how to treat animals. Animals are not here for us to EXPLOIT and USE for our videos. it is wrong and perhaps they are not directly hurt physically it is spreading a message of disrespect for non human animals and use of animals for our entertainment purposes such as ringling brothers. thank you pink for having the courage to call Gomez out.

      • David

        So your problem is any use of horses and not the use of dye?

      • lyssa

        i’m sorry, what message exactly was she sending to children? have you seen the video? do you think painting toy ponies pink and handing them out with barbie dolls teaches children to paint ponies pink? how many ponies do children typically have access to? seriously, learn a lesson from david and pick your battles wisely, or risk making yourself and your cause a mockery.

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  • Scott Robinson

    definitly on P!NK’S side

  • JayP

    DAVID…you need to get over yourself. If you saw a man stripping clothes of a girl child and had her pinned down and she was screaming…would you think that was a questionable practice? Would you go around asking people questions before you investigated?

    Pink was spot on. And if she was mistaken after all…she still brought attention to an important issue.

    • David

      You really equate those two actions as somehow similar.

      God you are sick.

      “she still brought attention to an important issue.” Yes, that she is a self-righteous busy body.

      I notice she didn’t actually try and stop anything, she just sent a message to her ‘followers’. If she was so upset why didn’t she approach the set and complain, or call the local Humane Society?

  • don miguelo

    PINK fan, but she should apologize for a mizunderstaning, IMO. Not say sorry for caring for animals, but realize that the Humane Society was on the set. She used to being tough on people, she probably won’t.

  • Danielle

    as long as the stuff she used was not harmful For goodness sake why is it such a huge deal?

    • don miguelo

      Like I said before I think she saw the video and had a visceral reaction to it. She probably thought that isn’t respectful to the horse and what if it gets in their eyes or they lick themselves or whatever… but..
      She really should be mad at the Humane Society (who was there) whose job it is to protect the animals. If anything was actually harming them they wouldn’t have allowed it, as far as I see it.

      Nevermind that she used a attack dog in her own Please Don’t Leave Me video as well as an elephant and cow calf in her Raise Your Glass video. Was the Humane Socoiety at those video shoots?

      Googling if it is a real animal in that video is hard as “pink elephant” brings up way too many other non-related items hahaha!

  • Beth Cherry

    She didn’t see the video, she saw the painted horses and knew it was for a music video. She didn’t know who it was for when she said something, she didn’t know what had been used, she just saw painted horses and said something about it. I’m sure she wouldn’t be the only one to jump to conclusions when seeing a strangely colored horse.

    • lyssa

      this is true, so once she was informed that every thing was up to code and there was no issue, she should have apologized for the misunderstanding and credited gomez for having taken the appropriate precautions, rather than being defensive for the sake of saving face. not buying it.

  • 84isHerE

    Agreed, painting animals for the newest “Disney™Darling” soft-core coming-of-age “music” video, is down low of retardation.
    So was Britney Spears molestation of that poor Burmese Python!
    And I am sure Christina wasn’t w/o some animal mistreatment either. Annette Funichello was the first w all those dolphins!