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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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Brooklyn Peltz Beckham Says He Wants to Be a ‘Young Dad’ and Have ’10 Kids’ (Exclusive)

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Brooklyn Peltz Beckham, family man! The 23-year-old model and chef opened up about ,his dreams of fatherhood with his new wife, Nicola Peltz Beckham, at the Variety power of Young Hollywood Event on Thursday. 

“I’ve always wanted to be a young dad,” Brooklyn told ET’s Deidre Behar. “I would love to have a family soon, but whenever my wife is ready.”

Brooklyn himself comes from a big family — his famous parents are mom and dad to four children — but he says he could go even bigger. “I could have, like, ten,” he says, but still maintained the decision was up to his wife. 

Brooklyn and Nicola married in April of this year. The nuptials came nearly two years after the groom popped the question to his now-bride, after they’d been dating for 10 months. They combined their last names for the new Peltz Beckham title. 

On Thursday, Brooklyn said that marriage had only deepened his love for Nicola. “It does feel different,” he said. “I married my best mate and it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s just me and her.”

In his Variety feature, Brooklyn said that he’d like to do a reality TV show with Nicola, “because she’s so funny, and we take the piss out of each other all the time.”

He reiterated the idea on Thursday, telling ET he thinks they’d make good content because “we always have a laugh and talk about the most ridiculous things.” For now, though, he’s focusing on opening his own pub before heading up any new projects. 

“I’m just focusing on my cooking trying to make a name for myself,” he said. 

  

 

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5 TV Shows To Check Out This Weekend

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If the multiverse were fair, Paper Girls, Amazon’s adaptation of the hit indie comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan, would be showered with the same adulation and attention given to Stranger Things. On the surface, both shows are nostalgic sci-fi romps starring children facing off against insurmountable and sinister odds. But where Stranger Things is mostly driven by fun and referential spectacle, Paper Girls is driven by the emotional growth of its four young leads.

Paper Girls kicks off the morning after Halloween in 1988, when a group of 12-year-old newspaper couriers ride out to deliver their normal routes; while escaping the clutches of drunk teenagers in shitty costumes, they end up embroiled in a time war. Jumping from 1988 to 2019 to 1999, the girls confront their disappointment with who they become in the future, each dealing with the brutal reality of their adult selves in a different way. It is one of the most fascinating and satisfying depictions of a teenage girl’s mind I’ve ever seen on TV.

But Paper Girls, adapted by Stephany Folsom, isn’t all grim introspection; the series shines when the girls are doing normal teen things like stealing tampons after one of them gets their period for the first time or trying to get into grown-up parties they have no business being at. The fragile, unlikely bonds that form between them in those quiet moments are tested by the adults in the show, and, unlike Stranger Things, there’s no chosen one here. This is just a group of funny, bitter, sweet girls trying to survive the chaos of growing up too soon. And just in case that’s not enough, there’s also Ali Wong piloting a time-traveling mecha in combat for the future of humanity. —K.M.

Where to watch: Prime Video

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Jack Harlow reveals the dream collaboration he’s been manifesting

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Jack Harlow is dreaming all the way to the football field.

In between hits like “Industry Baby” and “First Class” on the TODAY plaza stage for our Citi Concert Series, rapper Jack Harlow revealed his biggest career goal.

“There’s a lot of things I haven’t done,” Harlow said after TODAY’s Craig Melvin asked Harlow what he hasn’t done yet that he still wants to do. “One day, I dream of doing the Super Bowl halftime show.”

The crowd roared with applause, and Craig said the rapper “just spoke it into existence.”

In another interview on the 3rd Hour of TODAY, the musician from Louisville, Kentucky also spilled his dream collaborator.

Craig ran down the list of artists Harlow has already worked with like Drake, Lil Nas X and Justin Timberlake, and asked who he would love to collaborate with who hasn’t gotten to next.

“Andre 3000,” Harlow replied, speaking of the fellow rapper from the South. “That’s a big one I’ve been manifesting. A lot of the collaborations you just named, are ones that in interviews, over the years, I hadn’t done yet.”

“Pharrell, Drake, all that, and then they would happen,” he continued. “So I’m just gonna keep saying Andre 3000 with faith that it will happen.”

Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series.
Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series. Nate Congleton / TODAY

“Andre 3000 with you at the Super Bowl,” Craig manifested. “That’s the show.”

“That would be everything I could ever want,” Harlow said.

Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.
Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.Nate Congleton / TODAY

Harlow attended Super Bowl LVI in February at Sofi Stadium, and while The Weeknd performed during the game’s halftime show, Harlow performed at a halftime show of his own during Shaquille O’Neal’s pre-game SHAQ Bowl livestream event.

Harlow is headed to the MTV Music Video Awards later this month, where he is up for seven awards—leading the highest number of nominations along with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X.



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