Black Eyed Peas heat up for wearing rainbow armbands at New Year’s Eve event in Poland
The Black Eyed Peas got a surprise for state-sanctioned Polish television when all four wore rainbow armbands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community during a New Year’s Eve performance in Poland.
The band headlined TVP’s New Year’s of Dreams.
Their armbands have infuriated members of the currently ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which pushes anti-LGBTQ policies, TMZ reported.
Party member Marcin Warchol called the armbands a “disgrace,” adding: “This is not a New Year’s Eve of dreams but a New Year’s Eve of defiance.”
Where’s the love?” replied Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.I.Am.
“Unity, Tolerance, Understanding, Unity, Respect, Diversity and Inclusion…THIS IS LOVE…people are people and we should all practice to honor and love all different types of people on earth and learn from them,” he tweeted.
During the event, Will.i.am thanked his “super inspiring” Polish audience for “being so open in heart and mind” and supporting the people of Ukraine against the Russian invasion.
He then dedicated the song “Where Is the Love?” to victims of hate in 2022, including Black, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.
“The Jewish community, we love you… people of African descent around the world, we love you,” he said. “LGBTQ community, we love you,” he said in a video clip he posted of the performance.
After the song, he explained the group’s message of love and tolerance. Check it out below:
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