Two things most people know about Katy Perry: her left boob and her right boob. That is a damn shame. Katy Perry (formerly Katheryn Hudson) went from a sort of indie folk singer-songwriter complete with nostalgic sundresses and acoustic guitar and a powerful voice to a spandex dress wearing, teenage dreaming definition of pure, giddy pop.
But, just like GaGa (lest we forget that she too started as a folkie gal with a piano), she reinvented herself to be relevant and make money. And what the hell is so bad about that? Wouldn’t you do the same?
Why do people hate Katy Perry and pop music in general? Here are some reasons that will change your mind if you’re a hater.
10. Her cat is named “Kitty Purry”.
9. She has her own official Halloween costume. You know, for the fans. And the “ironic” fans.
8. She plays her own guitar and she can actually sing, no really, stop laughing at me. Observe. Listen. Love:
7. She knows her fans. She interacts with them on her personal Twitter that, for better or worse, is written by her and her only. Guys, it’s like she’s a real person. She knows her image and she knows her crowd. She can get slimed on at the Kids’ Choice Awards with as much enthusiasm of being on the cover of Vanity Fair.
6. “Katy Perry is the first woman to have five #1 songs from one album on the billboard charts. She’s tied with Michael Jackson.” (source). Girl has great instincts. Her record company was adamant in keeping ‘I Kissed A Girl’ off her debut album. Katy fought for it. It was her first huge hit. And clearly, it’s not a fluke. Could a total idiot strike lightning five times?
5. She parodies herself in her videos. She can poke fun at herself. She doesn’t take her alter egos seriously. At one of her first shows she rode a giant cherry chapstick and said it was “awesome!”
4. This jazzy “whoa-what-the-hell-is-this-(in a good way)” version of “I Kissed A Girl”:
“I don’t care what people say about my relationship; I don’t care what they say about my boobs.
People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. I’m getting incredible feedback from my music…I don’t take anything for granted. There are 500 other girls right behind me. And I know that, because I was one of them. I remember what it’s like to be someone who’s always trying to get there — sending out tons of e-mails — trying to connect with some person who could connect me to some other person. And I wouldn’t be working at this pace now if I didn’t truly know that fame is fleeting.” (Vanity Fair, June 2011)
She gets it. She has fun but she also works her ass off.
2. She speaks her mind. Again, this is one of those ‘for better or worse’ things. But she’s a mainstream artist who isn’t afraid to make waves and ruffle feathers and that’s hard to find. (I’m waiting for your moment, Bieber.) She called out GaGa for using religious imagery in her ‘Judas’ video on her Twitter. Did her comment make sense? Not really. Do I agree with it? No. Do I love that she wasn’t afraid to speak out against GaGa, who lots of people treat like music’s sacred entity? Yes. (But I do love GaGa’s music, don’t get me wrong! GaGa can be real cool.)
1. She defied all expectations. Raise your hand if you thought she was destined to be a one hit wonder. My hand is raised right now. But she’s here and stronger than ever. She reminds me that if you work hard and you’re kind, you’re going to do really well for yourself. Yes, the “work hard and be kind” motto is from Conan. Conan O’Brien and Katy Perry are not the same person. But if they were… that would be definitely be #1.
Say it with me: “There is nothing wrong with liking Katy Perry.”
I like Katy Perry and I like David Bowie. You can like pop music and classic rock. The two are not mutually exclusive. So don’t be ashamed. And don’t be hateful. Either way, she’s doing really, really well for herself. And how about you?