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When Pink canceled a recent concert in Birmingham, Alabama, her fans cried, "Just give me a reason!" Turns out she had a good one: a wicked ear and chest infection. However, that didn't stop disappointed fans from showering the singer with hate mail. Two weeks later, Pink has posted an open letter on her website, explaining her decision to cancel the show.
"I had absolutely no choice in the matter, no control over the circumstances, and physically could not get my sick ass on stage, because of an ear infection and chest infection all at the same time, and even a doctor told me I could not go on stage whether I wanted to or not," the pop star writes. "I sincerely apologize, AGAIN, for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Sincerely. I actually rode by the venue, and saw some of you in line, and there was not a fucking thing I could do about any of it. Except cry. My heart was absolutely broken."
Really, could anybody hold that against Pink? Apparently, yes. Pink describes getting "a lot of hate mail from some of you, not all," because she wasn't able to reschedule the show. ("It's a logistical nightmare that is ... out of my control," she explains.) The singer points out, rightly, that she rarely cancels performances. In fact, she says, she is currently performing with a rotavirus infection. ("Look it up. I challenge any one of you to do what I do while sick with that," she writes. "You couldn't do it.") Now, on top of being sick, Pink is worried that fans will "turn on me like rabid dogs and question the moral fiber of my character" every time she has to cancel a tour date.
The letter is signed "Alecia the human being also known as Pink." It's easy to forget sometimes that celebrities are just people, who work hard at their jobs and sometimes get sick. Sure, Pink's job is sexy and glamorous. But that doesn't mean it's easy. There's a reason that pop stars frequently get sick on tour; the travel alone is exhausting. Add a draining three-hour workout every night, exposure to international illnesses, the stress of being away from home -- you get the idea. It's a wonder anyone is still standing by the end of a world tour.
And the fact is, no one is immune. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips also canceled tour dates this month under doctor's orders. (He's dealing with kidney issues and exhaustion.) Rihanna has canceled quite a few tour dates this spring for mysterious medical reasons. And earlier this year, Lady Gaga called off her "Born This Way Ball" in order to have hip surgery.
So yes, let's cut Pink some slack, shall we? Until the day that all rock concerts are performed by holograms, we'll have to take a chance on our favorite artists getting sick. Or having an off night. Or announcing a pregnancy. Or giving the most amazing performance of their lifetime. You never know. And isn't that what makes live shows great in the first place?
In my next lifetime I hope to be perfect so as not to disappoint another human being ever. I also hope pigs fly by then. #fairweatherfriends— P!nk (@Pink) May 3, 2013