Pink Delivers Harsh Clapback to Online Troll — But Was Her Response Transphobic?

The steadfast queer ally seemed offended being compared to transwoman Suzy Izzard

Jason A. Michael

Pop star and queer ally Pink, who recently broke attendance records with her Aug. 16 show at Comerica Park in Detroit, did not hold back after a troll implied she looked like trans comedian-turned-politician Suzy Izzard. 

In a message on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, a user self-described as “sh*tposter" wished Pink, who turned 44 on Sept. 8, a happy birthday above an image of Izzard.

The pic didn't sit well with Pink, who defended herself against what she perceived as hate.

“I just showed my 12-year-old daughter your post,” Pink responded in part. “I explained to her that I’ve never met you, I don’t know you, and I have no idea why you would go out of your way to be hateful.

“It was a good lesson in ignorance,” Pink went on. “Thank you. I still don’t know you. Congrats. You’re no one.”

In a follow-up post, Pink said she's trying to teach her own daughter Willow, as well as others kids who are close to her, to rise above being "treated badly"

“I post these things to show the kids I know- my own kids as well, that we are all occasionally treated badly. I show them because they know me, and they know that my self-esteem does Not rely on the opinions of others. Nor does it rely on how many tickets I sell. Good/bad. Whatever. I love Me.”

At Pink's recent Detroit show, where she united people of various sexual orientations and political ideologies, she made several pro-LGBTQ+ statements.

Still, some in the queer community are asking this question — what’s the big deal if Pink resembles a trans woman? Trans actress Alexandra Billings, for instance, is not giving Pink a pass.

“What you have told your daughter is that being called a TransWoman is an insult,” wrote Billings on Instagram. “I believe because you are unfamiliar with who we are as a community, it feels like a judgment. It feels as though someone has called you masculine. Or a man. Or perhaps even a man [in] a dress.”

In her post, Billings offered Pink an alternative way of responding to this troll.

“Wouldn’t it have been nicer to perhaps approach it with a feeling of grace and kindness, rather than insult and judgment? ‘Thats’s not me, friend. You’ve confused your divas,'" Billings wrote.