Singer Pat Benatar says she is no longer performing her 1980 single “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” in deference to the victims of mass shootings.
In an interview with USA Today, Benatar said, “I’m not singing it.”
“I tell (fans), if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it,” she said. “(The title) is tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t.”
Since the start of the year there has been at least one mass shooting each week in the U.S., The Washington Post reported. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks incidents of gun violence nationwide, 357 mass shootings were reported between Jan. 1 and Wednesday.
Benatar told USA Today that her decision not to sing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” was her “small contribution to protesting.”
Benatar and her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November alongside artists including Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.
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