AceShowbiz - Pink has hit back against critics of a controversial gun violence poem she shared, insisting the piece was supposed to "cause dialogue".
The "So What" singer shared Brian Bilston poem, titled "America is a Gun", on her Instagram account in response to the mass shootings Texas, Ohio and California in the space of a week, claiming the lives of 31 people.
"England is a cup of tea/France, a wheel of ripened brie/Greece, a short, squat olive tree/America is a gun," the first stanza of the poem reads, and ends with: "Japan is a thermal spring/Scotland is a highland fling/Oh, better to be anything/than America as a gun."
Drawing ire from conservative critics, such as Fox News contributor Britt McHenry, Pink returned to social media to defend her poetry post on Monday, August 5.
"I believe there is nothing better than being a human being," she wrote on Twitter. "Each country has their beauty, +their struggles. We should all be thinking humans first. And I also believe art is meant to cause dialogue, which the posting of this poem just did. Dissent is the cornerstone of democracy."