Turkish TV channel, AS TV is facing legal issues after airing P!nk’s “Secrets” music video. The video depicts dancers in same-sex pairings, dancing suggestively and even kissing. Arguing that the content was inappropriate, the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) fined the channel ₺17,000 Turkish Lira ($2,755) for breaching its standards.
The RTUK argued that children could be “negatively influenced” by the “erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature.” The artist has not responded, but the decision received backlash from LGBTQ activists.
Although homosexuality is legal there, it’s not the country’s first time censoring these public expressions. Oppression has only become worse under the administration of President Recep Erdoğan.
Police in Istanbul have used tear gas and rubber bullets, arresting 11 people at July’s Pride parade for defying threats from authorities. The capital city of Ankara has also enforced a ban on LGBTQ events, shutting down a public screening of the film, Pride back in June. The country recently pulled out of the Eurovision Song Contest, because of the show’s history of LGBTQ inclusion.
“As a public broadcaster we cannot broadcast live at 9pm, when children are watching, an Austrian with a beard and a skirt, who claims not to have a gender and says, ‘I am a man and a woman at the same time,” said Broadcast Chief Ibrahim Eren. “There is some kind of confusion of mentality here… once this is corrected we will return to Eurovision.”
Watch P!nk’s “Secrets” video below:
No crazy cake order has managed to beat an Auckland shop’s latest request – singer Pink’s birthday cake.
They’ve made cakes for the Tongan royal family, Air New Zealand, and Countdown, and now Celebration Cakes can add the pop star to their list.
Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was in New Zealand for her Beautiful Trauma world tour in September, which included six shows at Spark Arena.
Along with bar-hopping in Ponsonby, the singer also celebrated her 39th birthday while she was here.
Celebration Cakes got the call from Spark two weeks before Pink’s birthday with an order for something “spectacular”, manager Rae Coppins says.
“They didn’t tell us who it was for initially, they just said they needed a really big cake,” Coppins says.
Settling on a replica of the stage with a fondant Pink and her crew as decorations, a team of four from the humble Manukau shop got to work baking and decorating the cake.
It took two 16 by 24 inch cake pans, lights, glitter, a wooden backdrop, and nearly 65 hours to complete before delivering it to the venue on Saturday.
“We still had about 30 other cakes that week but with all the hours we got it done.”
The team were also rewarded with tickets to Pink’s show which was a highlight.
“I’m not a huge pop fan but it was one of the best concerts I’ve been to.”
While the shop hasn’t heard if Pink enjoyed the mud cake and chocolate truffle creation, Coppins would like to think she did.
The cake, which could feed up to 400 people, is one of the biggest orders Celebration Cakes has had in its more than 40 years of business.
Some of the other tall orders it’s delivered included a 51 tier wedding cake and one shaped and decorated as a used bedpan for a nurse’s birthday.
“Years ago people used to look at books and order off that,” Coppins says.
“Cakes are a lot more elaborate now, especially because of the shows on TV.”
Chocolate is a favourite with customers – who come from all around the city – and Coppins says the common trends are drip cakes and deep cakes.
However, she says, there are still a lot of people who enjoy a plain cake.
Today, rock icon P!nk spoke out against SeaWorld during its online annual meeting. The Grammy winner called on the company to build coastal sanctuaries for the long-suffering orcas it holds captive.
In a question submitted on behalf of PETA, she asked the following:
As a mother, I would never take my kids anywhere that keeps intelligent, sensitive beings in intensive confinement. Children are impressionable, and the last thing I would want to teach my kids is that “might makes right” or that it’s OK to bully and exploit someone just because they look different from us. But that’s exactly what SeaWorld does by locking up animals who, in their ocean homes, would swim up to 140 miles a day, dive to great depths, cooperate with their pods to find food, communicate in their own dialects, and transmit their own culture from generation to generation. At SeaWorld, all these animals are able to do is swim in endless circles. Some are so frustrated that they break their teeth by gnawing on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks.
But you have a chance to change all that …. When will SeaWorld transfer its orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries to save them—and itself?
PETA has owned stock in SeaWorld since the company went public in 2013 in order to inform stakeholders of animal-welfare issues and propose policy changes. To date, at least 40 orcas have died at the abusement park and dozens more have been sentenced to miserable lives inside concrete tanks.
P!nk has been an active PETA supporter for more than 15 years: She helped us pressure Ringling Bros. circus to close and appeared on a Times Square billboard proclaiming, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.” She joins a long list of celebrities—including Bob Barker, Jessica Biel, Nick Cannon, Noah Cyrus, James Cromwell, Krysten Ritter, Joan Jett, Tommy Lee, and Pamela Anderson, PETA’s representative at SeaWorld’s annual meeting last year—who have spoken out against the marine park.
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As the date nears for P!NK to kick off her Australian tour, figures from overseas suggest the Beautiful Trauma world tour could be her biggest.
Billboard reports that the first North American leg of the tour, which began in March and lasted three months, has grossed US$100 million in ticket sales
This is from pulling 712,000 American and Canadian fans to 38 arenas. 48 of the shows sold out.
Based on these figures, Billboard predicts that by the time the tour wraps up in May 2019, Beautiful Trauma could hit the $275 million.
This would make it P!NK’s highest ever grossing tour of all time.
Her 38-year-old’s last one, The Truth About Love tour in 2013 and 2014, pulled in over $183 million.
In Australia, Live Nation has already announced that the tickets sold on this tour will bring to a total of two million over Alecia Moore’s visits down under.
As late as the end of April, shows were still being added as demand refused to subside.
The Australian leg has sold 650,000 tickets, with 320,000 snapped up in a few hours after they went on sale.
In Melbourne she has sold 200,000 – breaking the record she set herself with 2009’s Funhousetour.
The Australian leg of Beautiful Trauma takes in 35 dates, with the first of four shows at Perth Arena on July 3. It also includes 11 shows in Melbourne, nine in Sydney, seven in Brisbane and four in Adelaide.
Opening on the dates are The Rubens.
The album, out through Sony Music Australia, is now 4x platinum for Australian sales of 300,000.
The Australasian trek expands to 42 dates when you factor in the New Zealand shows.
The tour ends in Auckland on September 11 before resuming in the US and Canada in March next year, with shows in Florida, Dallas and Las Vegas, finishing with two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York in May.
The last Australian run The Truth About Love featured 46 sell-out shows including a record-breaking 18-night run at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
The American singer played six arenas in five cities that year and racked up $73 million from ticket sales of 600,000.
On her first tour, Try This in 2004, she played six arena concerts.
2007’s I’m Not Dead tour played to more than 308,000 fans over 35 nights.
Two years later, the phenomenal 58-arena-show Funhouse tour broke venue records everywhere it went, selling in excess of 658,000 tickets.
According to Live Nation, it still stands as the biggest selling tour by a solo female artist in Australia.
P!NK’s personal fortune is estimated at $110 million.
P!nk vaults from No. 39 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 26) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week, as her album Beautiful Trauma rockets 83-2 on the Billboard 200 (after previously launching at No. 1 last November).
Beautiful Trauma roars back up the Billboard 200 (earning 139,000 equivalent album units, up 1,715 percent, according to Nielsen Music), fueled by a concert/ticket album sale redemption offer tied to the next leg of her latest tour. P!nk first hit No. 1 on the Artist 100 on Nov. 4, 2017, as the set debuted atop the Billboard 200.
The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.