The Black Eyed Peas surprised state-sanctioned Polish television when all four of them wore rainbow armbands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community during a New Year’s Eve performance in Poland.
The group headlined TVP’s “New Year’s Dreams” show.
Their armbands angered members of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party currently in power, which pushes anti-LGBTQ policies, TMZ reported.
Party member Marcin Warchol called the armbands a “disgrace” “This is not the New Year of dreams, but the New Year of disobedience.”
Where is the love?” echoed Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.I.Am.
“Unity, tolerance, understanding, togetherness, respect, diversity and inclusion… THAT’S LOVE… people are people and we all need to learn to respect and love and learn from all the different types of people on earth,” he tweeted.
During the event, Will.i.am thanked his “super inspiring” Polish audience for being “so open-hearted and open-minded” and supporting the people of Ukraine against the Russian invasion.
Then he dedicated the song “Where Is the Love”. In 2022, victims of hate, including the Black, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.
“Jewish community, we love you … people of African descent all over the world, we love you,” he said. “LGBTQ community, we love you,” he said in a video he posted about the speech.
After the song, he explained the band’s message of love and tolerance. Check it out below.