Pink to give away 2,000 banned books in South Florida this week

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‘We have made so many strides toward equality in this country and no one should want to see this progress reversed.’

If you live in Florida and aren’t a fan of censorship, raise your glass to Pink.

The pop star and mother of two will be handing out 2,000 copies of four banned books during a leg of her tour this week in the Sunshine State.

She’s doing it in collaboration with PEN America, which has opposed school book bans throughout Florida in both the public square and in court.

“Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that is why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools,” said Pink, whose real name Alecia Hart.

“It’s especially hateful to see authorities take aim at books about race and racism and against LGBTQ authors and those of color. We have made so many strides toward equality in this country and no one should want to see this progress reversed. This is why I am supporting PEN America in its work and why I agree with them: no more banned books.”

The giveaways will take place at Pink’s concert stops in Miami and Sunrise Nov. 14-15. All four books — “The Family Book” by Todd Parr, “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, “Beloved” by Toni Morrison and a book from “Girls Who Code,” founded by Resha Saujani — have appeared on PEN’s Index of School Book Bans.

Florida is now the No. 1 state for keeping books out of students’ hands, according to PEN, which counted more than 1,400 pulled from school shelves in 33 of the state’s 67 counties between July 2022 and June 0223.

The tally, PEN said, accounts for 40% of all the restricted books nationwide.

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said her organization is “thrilled” to be working with Pink “on this important cause.”

“Every child deserves access to literature that reflects their lives,” she said in a statement. “Rampant censorship is depriving kids of the chance to see themselves in books and learn about the world and its history.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis and state officials have repeatedly called the notion that books are being banned in the state “a hoax” perpetrated by forces trying to “indoctrinate” children. During a news conference in March, DeSantis’ office played a video showing some of the content in question that was so explicit at least one local news channel cut away. X briefly placed a “sensitive content” label on clips on the social media platform.

DeSantis has argued restricting student access to books in school does not qualify as an outright ban. “In Florida,” he said, “pornographic and inappropriate materials that have been snuck into our classrooms and libraries to sexualize our students violate our state education standards.”

Of note, none of the books whose content DeSantis highlighted as obscene — “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe, “Flamer” by Mike Curato, “This Book is Gay” by Juno Dawson and “Let’s Talk About It” by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan — are among the texts Pink will distribute.

Other books widely considered historically and artistically important have also been removed from classrooms and school libraries, including Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

It’s become easier to block student access to books in Florida due to an expansion of the state’s Parental Rights in Education law this year. Among other things, the broadened law extended restrictions on LGBTQ-inclusive instruction through all public-school grade levels and enabled residents, regardless of whether they are parents, to issue challenges requiring the removal of books from school shelves until further review.

Critics, including underpowered Democrats in the Legislature, have pointed out that the experience of people of color has been disproportionately represented among the books challenged, such as “Dim Sum for Everyone,” a picture book about Chinese cuisine.

Meanwhile, the state’s updated K-12 curriculum includes new guidance for African American history, including that lessons on the pre-Civil War era teach “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”


Anne Geggis of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at Jess[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • rbruce

    November 13, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    How can Pink buy 2000 banned books?

    • Michael K

      November 13, 2023 at 2:32 pm

      Fantastic news – thank you to Pink and PEN America for your work in expanding reading, writing, and supporting authors and free expression in America. And thank you to the librarians, who are lifelines and heroes for so many young people of all ages.

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  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Those are the boots DwarfSSantis needs!

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 14, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Honestly America,
    Pink is just a sad, dried-up has-been who most of the world have either forgotten or never heard of.
    Don’t worry America, this dried up old has-been will not increase the frequency of your local School board’s gentile mutilation of your precious little boys and girls.
    Thank you America,

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 14, 2023 at 1:08 pm


    • Michael K

      November 14, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      I’m sure you’ve mutilated a lot of gentiles based on reports I’ve heard.

    • Robert J Tisinai

      November 14, 2023 at 8:19 pm

      Earl, don’t blame Pink just because you’re way behind the times and she’s effortlessly counteracting your Fascim.

  • Richard Russell

    November 14, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    These Perverts need to be investigated and if they have harmed a hair on a juvenile, they should be hung upside down from the nearest tree just high enough to be barely beyond the reach of mad dogs.
    Our youth deserve an uncomplicated childhood as we enjoyed, without exposure to perverts. Its up to adults to protect our youth from the freak shows.

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