Pat Benatar won’t sing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ in wake of mass shootings
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Pat Benatar takes a stand.
The rock singer, 69, shared in a new interview that she will no longer be performing her hit song, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” on her current tour with husband Neil Giraldo.
“If we don’t play them, you’ll give us (a hard time),” she told USA Today. “We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot,’ and the fans are having a heart attack. And I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, out of respect for the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not doing it. don’t sing.'”
Following the recent mass shootings, Benatar said she just couldn’t perform the song from her ‘Crimes of Passion’ album, telling fans, “If you want to hear the song, go home and listen -the”.
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“(‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’) is ironic, but you have to draw a line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face. I just can’t,” Benatar said.
“I’m not going to get on stage and in a gallery – I’m going to see my legislators – but this is my small contribution to the protest. I’m not going to sing it.”
The rock legend’s decision comes after the tragic Uvalde school shooting on May 24 which left 19 students and two teachers dead.
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The shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is the third deadliest school shooting in American history, following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 28 and the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that killed 33. dead.
Benatar also spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade during his interview.
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“I’m worried, like all of us, about basic autonomy rights. It’s a slippery slope. This isn’t about abortion for me,” she said. “I’m afraid people don’t pay attention to what that actually means.”