American artist Poppy was planning to honour Pride Month with a rendition of t.A.T.u’s early 2000’s banger ‘All The Things She Said’. In a statement she shared in her unveiling of the cover this week, she described delivering it to her label over two weeks ago, for that purpose only.
“Unfortunately, in the time elapsed since then”, she added, “we’ve been faced with a tragedy that calls for our much needed attention. While we are still fighting for equality in the lgbtq+ community, we still have a long way to go, and there still remains an absurd amount of injustice for minorities in America.”
In reference to the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept America and extended globally, inciting positive change including the arrest of the four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd, she added that she “cannot adequately express” her disdain for “how our government, and above all, our president is reacting to what’s happening in America right now.”
“I encourage you to educate yourself, go out and protest, donate, and raise your voice to speak out against this injustice.” Poppy signed the note with her real name, Moriah, a rare show of the personal for the artist.
Her choice of song was’t indeliberate. ‘All The Things She Said’ was criticised at the time of its release in 2002 for its music video, which depicted two girls kissing (*gasps*). There has been some controversy around the artists involved, but at the end of the day, we’re all here to support equality in our communities, and the Russian duo t.A.T.u certainly broke some barriers down in their campaign for the track.
Poppy released her album I Disagree in January this year. Aussies may have caught her at the Good Things Festival in December, where we spoke to her about her new record, cutting ties with toxic people and her YouTube legacy.
Check out Poppy’s cover below. Educate yourself, fight for equality and if you can, donate.
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