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MTV Video Music Awards

Logic gives powerful VMAs speech about mental health and equality: 'I am here to fight for you'

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After performing his hit song “1-800-273-8255” at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, rapper Logic used the VMAs to recite a powerful speech on mental health and equality.

“I just want to take a moment right now and 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,” Logic, who performed the song with Alessia Cara, Khalid, and men and women who had survived suicide attempts. (“1-800-273-8255” takes its name from the suicide prevention hotline.) “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.”

He concluded with a message “of peace, love, positivity, and equality for all,” and then demanded that the audience rise to its feet “and applaud not only for yourselves but for the foundation we are laying for our children.”

Watch the moment above.

Before performing on Sunday night, Logic was introduced by Kesha who called his track the “rare” song that reminds people they are not alone in the world. “It brought me to tears. The truth is piercing and the truth is what matters. The truth is that none of us are alone,” Kesha said of the song and its video. “Whatever you’re going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone.”