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Pat Benatar says she isn’t performing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ in light of recent mass shootings

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Pat Benatar says that recent mass shootings have compelled her to “protest” gun violence and skip singing one of her most iconic songs.

In a recent interview with USA Today, the rock singer explained that she won’t be singing her iconic song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” during her current tour with her husband and musical partner, Neil Giraldo.

Reflecting on recent mass shootings, the singer explained that despite pressure from loyal fans to play what is called her “holy 14” songs, she won’t be playing the second single from her 1980 album Crimes of Passion.

“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 fans are having a heart attack, and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it.’”

Speaking about the song, Benatar said she encourages her fans to listen to the song from the comfort of their own homes.

“(‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’) is tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t,” she explained. “I’m not going to go on stage and soapbox — I go to my legislators — but that’s my small contribution to protesting. I’m not going to sing it.”

Benatar did not name anyone specific in particular. Though, according to Gun Violence Archive, since the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed, there have been 142 mass shootings.

According to Benatar, it’s not just the issue of mass gun violence that has influenced her decision to skip the fan favorite. It’s the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade as well.

“I’m worried, like all of us, about fundamental autonomy rights. This is a slippery slope. It’s not about abortion for me,” she explained. “I’m concerned that people are not paying attention to what this actually means.”

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11 Polynesian Content Creators You Need To Be Following If You Aren’t Already

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Creatives are building their own opportunities through social media — without the cumbersome guidance of yesteryear’s screen practitioners.

Creators like Regan Roell leveraging his online following into a career on mainstream radio, to Māori Facebook star Nix Adams turning her digital skits into prime-time television.

The screen work of legends like Merata Mita, Sima Urale, Oscar Kightley and Waititi cannot be disregarded, but the governing structures in Pacific strongholds like Australia and New Zealand still remain the same. Waititi’s words “We are the original storytellers” ring true — we just needed to find original ways to tell our stories. Social media has become that place.

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Michael Bublé shares adorable pics of himself as a kid: The ‘80s ‘were the best!’

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Michael Bublé is taking a stand on the best decade debate, and posted some adorable childhood photos to prove his case.

“The 80’s were the best! Change my mind,” Bublé said in the caption of his Feb. 1 Instagram post, which included four photos of the singer as a child.

The first showed Bublé on top of a playground with his arm raised, and another showed the singer in a black-and-yellow jacket in front of a Christmas tree and a fireplace decked out with stockings.

Younger Bublé poses for the camera with holiday decorations in the background.@michaelbuble via Instagram

The last two pictures featured a smile and a pout, and many fans in the comments agreed about the best decade.

“Won’t even try to…” one commenter wrote about trying to change Bublé’s mind.

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Michael Bublé shared a photo of his younger self looking as cute as can be.@michaelbuble via Instagram

“Maybe some 80’s music covers on the way?” another fan asked.

“That first photo could be an album cover,” one person wrote in a comment.

Bublé gives a pout as he lounges in an all-white outfit.
Bublé gives a pout as he lounges in an all-white outfit. @michaelbuble via Instagram

Bublé shares four children with Argentinian actor Luisana Lopilato: Noah, 9, Elias, 7, Vida, 4, and 5-month-old Cielo.

Lopilato shared a photo of Cielo’s tiny foot when she announced her birth in August.

“From love comes life, light and her… our baby Cielo Yoli Rose Bublé. You finally arrived to our lives with your 3,8 kg!!! Thanks God for this infinite blessing, we love you!! Noah, Elias, Vida and your mom and dad,” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo.

Cielo means “sky” in both Spanish and Italian, and Bublé shared in December he got his daughter’s name tattooed on his arm, rounding out the names of all of his children.

Bublé, 47, revealed during an episode of “That Gaby Roslin Podcast” in September that he has thought about leaving music behind to focus on his family, but admitted it is a “tricky” situation.

“I think I’m not loving it as much. I think I’m getting close to thinking maybe I can just go and be a dad,” he shared.



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Pamela Anderson Reveals When She Realized Kid Rock Was Not the One — and Where She Stands With Ex Tommy Lee

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Pamela Anderson knew right away that things weren’t going to work out with Kid Rock. Ahead of the release of her memoir, the 55-year-old actress appeared on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show and revealed how she knew her marriage to the 52-year-old singer wouldn’t last.

Kid Rock was Anderson’s second husband. She was first wed to Tommy Lee, with whom she shares two sons, Dylan, 25, and Brandon, 26. After Lee and Anderson called it quits in 1998, she married Kid Rock in 2006. The pair split the next year. Anderson noted that she knew things wouldn’t work out with Kid Rock “right when I got married.”

“Tommy and I… had this incredible connection. But then you jump into something and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s not this incredible connection, it’s just something else,'” Anderson said. “Then I slowly try to find my way out.”

As for why she decided to go ahead with the marriage anyway, Anderson explained, “I was putting people in my life to kind of numb some of the pain and be with someone.”

“I don’t think I ever gave myself a chance to have another relationship after that that was of any value,” she said of life after her divorce from Lee. “It was more trying to put a family unit back together, but I wasn’t really in love. I just was going through the motions and then realizing… there’s just nothing like I had with Tommy.”

When it comes to what she had with Lee, Anderson described it as “really a heightened kind of romantic beginning.”

“That’s every girl’s fantasy — to be worshipped like that,” she said. “I always felt like romantic love might not be sustainable, so if you want to have that kind of love affair, it’s just going to have a season. It’s not going to last forever.”

Though their marriage didn’t work out, Anderson said her relationship with Lee had “more good times than bad.”

“I wouldn’t do it any other way,” she said. “It was just this wild, wild ride and I made it home in one piece.”

Today, Lee is married to Brittany Furlan, with whom he tied the knot in 2019.

“He’s married and happy and she’s good to him and I totally support that and think that’s great,” Anderson said. “I respect their relationship and [am] just glad he’s happy and he has somebody in his life.”

As for her romantic life, Anderson has been married to five men, most recently to Dan Hayhurst.

“This last year I’ve been alone, and it’s been a really incredible year for me. Just kind of going through, looking back, and reflecting on everything… it’s been good,” she said. “… You have to be able to be alone too before you can be with somebody else, so I feel like I’m just kind of growing up right now. It’s taken a long time.”

All of that and more will be explored in Anderson’s memoir, Love, Pamela, and her Netflix documentary, Pamela, a love story, both of which are due out Jan. 31. Watch the video below for more on Anderson.

 

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