I want you to be alive, I don’t want you to die today are lyrics in Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ the number for the US’s National Suicide Prevention Hotline’s number. But it’s his MTV VMA speech that has
But it’s his MTV VMA speech that is giving us life today.
After performing the song with Alessia Cara and Khalid with suicide attempt survivors and loss survivors surrounding him, Logic gave this speech:
‘I just want to take a moment to thank you for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about: mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more that I talk about on this album.
‘From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, and so much more; I don’t give a damn if you are black, white, or any color in between.
‘I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight, I am here to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight.
‘We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation.’
Watch the performance in full now:
Ending his message by embracing and hugging the survivors on stage Logic’s final message was clear:
‘So I say here and now if you believe in this message of peace, love, positivity, and equality for all, then I demand that you rise to your feet and applaud not only for yourselves but for the foundation we are laying for our children.’
Kesha also got emotional talking about the National Suicide Prevention Hotline song. She introduced the performance and spoke of crying when she first saw the music video.
Elsewhere at the VMA’s P!nk accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. During her speech, she delivered an on fleek message about her daughter, androgyny and beauty standards.