Pat Benatar is famous for a string of iconic jams, singing at the top of his lungs, including “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Love Is a Battlefield” — which was on “13 Going Am 30,” if you remember .But Benatar’s most popular hit of all time has to be ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ Once you hear the opening lick and Benatar sings: ‘Well you’re the really tough cookie with a long history/Of breaking little hearts like the one in me,” you know everyone in the room will start singing along.
So why did Benatar decide to stop performing the epic breakup anthem? Don’t we need a bit of girl power these days? Well, it turns out that Benatar – who’s still touring, by the way – actually has a very strong reason for her decision to stop singing the hit. The singer has explained that although the song is about mental toughness, the lyrics may send the wrong message.
Pat Benatar says it’s their form of protesting gun violence
While “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is still Pat Benatar’s most famous and popular hit, her decision to stop singing it is her own form of protest against gun violence in America. “I’m sorry, I’m not singing it out of respect for the victims of the families of these mass shootings,” Benatar said in a July 21 interview with USA Today. She said the title was “tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line.” Benatar explained, “I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t. I’m not going on stage and in the soapbox — I’m going to my lawmakers — but that’s my small contribution to protesting. I won’t sing it She says if fans really want to hear the song, they can go home and check it out.
According to the New York Times, there have been at least 356 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022 alone. These include the Highland Park shooting that killed seven people, the Uvalde shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers, and the grocery store shooting in Buffalo, New York that killed 10 people. Benetar is just one of many public figures who have spoken out against the violence, alongside Amy Schumer and Matthew McConaughey to name a few.