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Girls always want to have fun – but women just want equal rights.

Legendary pop star Cyndi Lauper came to the 2021 MTV VMAs at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a message in mind for her compatriot, delivered before she presented the award for Best Pop Record.

“How are you? I won a Moon Person at the very first VMAs in 1984. Things are a little different now,” said Lauper, 68. “Yeah, girls want to have fun. But we want to have fun too. “have funds. Equal pay. Control over our bodies! You know, basic rights.”

The prize went to Justin bieber, Daniel Caesar and Giveon for “Peaches”, but it is of course Lauper’s feminist discourse that seemed to galvanize social networks.

“I would follow Cyndi Lauper to hell”, said Vulture writer Anne Victoria Clark.

“What happened to the artists who had the courage to say what they thought? Cyndi Lauper showed the kids how to do it, ”another fan added on Twitter.

Others, of course, were not so impressed: “Is Cyndi Lauper still alive? a tweeter squeaked.

Meanwhile, Lauper’s words came at a time when progressive women across the country are campaigning against a recent wave of anti-abortion legislation, particularly in the southern states, namely Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott has just signed one of the most prohibitive abortion laws in the country. , and was further upheld by the conservative-leaning United States Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has been ordered to press charges against Texas, as many, including the White House, have called the new legislation “unconstitutional.”

It was an inspiring moment for some viewers – and a nagging return to the national stage for the feminist icon, who did not perform at this year’s awards. Nonetheless, his awkward New Years Eve act, in which the legendary artist was caught off guard, in front of the camera being slicked by his team – all while shouting “I’m in front of the camera!” – always made for big TV. And Lauper rarely disappoints in this area.

For her part, Cyndi Lauper, 68, ranked her Moon Person for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” as best female video in 1984.
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The “Time After Time” singer said a few more words after leaving the stage, in follow-up for ET.

“I worked really hard to make ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ represent all the girls, so that all the girls could see each other,” she said. “I wanted to capture that, and I have to say we were the little engine that could. I was up for seven awards that year, won none.

She continued, “[But] I was there and I was able to create this performance art.