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Ten Reasons To Like Katy Perry

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.

katy perry costume

Where was this costume last year?? By the way, that’s supposed to be a Rihanna costume behind her. Change the wig, lose the skirt, and you got a Gaga costume.

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”:

3. Her attitude and outlook:

“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.

Katy Perry performing

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?

Photos of Katy Perry performing by Ali Szubiak. Halloween costume image scanned by me. Originally posted on Apocalypstick, with changes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ringo.the.rake Jungen Werthers

    I don’t hate her, but I don’t like her either. Some would find that song “I Kissed a Girl” offensive. I just think it’s starving for attention. She’s also transphobic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Anthagio Anthony Ashcraft

      Yeah, and I hate how her fans excuse her words and actions by saying, “It was just a joke.” No, it’s not a joke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000461397014 Ashleigh Jo Vander

      ditto the Ur so Gay song. just ugh. homophobic and ignorant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sabrina.uno Sabrina Matos

    Yep. I still don’t like her. I can’t stand her, honestly. Sure, some songs are good. But despite very valid reasons, I’m more likely to end up on H8R than buy her CD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thatsdanamite Dana Karen

    I super love her -and when people ask me why, the fact that her cat’s name is Kitty Purry is usually in my top 3 reasons. But her music just makes me happy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551227351 Maria Jose Araya

      i think it’s genius that her cat is named Kitty Purry. so clever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliahays Julia Hays

    I’m not into her music. And, unfortunately, the few songs I might have found decent are so overplayed on the radio that I’m destined to be driven insane by them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.kapes Lori Kapes

    “She knows her fans.” There is a fan forum dedicated to her/her music. She used to post on there (in 2008-2009) and even did little Q&A’s on there. After every show during this past summer tour she did the traditional meet&greet with radio winners/VIP ticket holders and she set up this thing for members of the forum to meet her after every show (she did this back in 2008-2009 as well).

  • http://www.facebook.com/gea.marin Cherry Darling

    I really do like Katy, and I also listen to Bowie, Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys and Marilyn Manson; I couldn’t be more happy listening the music I listen to.
    She really is awesome, and she deserve all the awards and great things that are happening to her; she really works hard to be who she is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anthagio Anthony Ashcraft

    It’s really annoying when people say that she doesn’t take herself seriously. Why would she take herself seriously? I mean, she has nothing to take seriously. She can’t sing, dance, act, and she’s a puppet for her label. Call back when she actually takes a risk and does something unique.

    • http://www.stilljennifer.com Jennifer Still

      I hate to tell you to put down the haterade as we’re all entitled to our own opinions, but you should realise exactly that – your opinion that she lacks meritable talent is subjective at best. Regardless of the medium/genre an artist chooses to express his/her art in, it’s a serious thing. A career – whether viewed as shallow or not – takes dedication, ambition, hard work and the ability to adapt and have an understanding not only of your fanbase but your intended market, the business and politics of the recording industry, etc.

      I assume you don’t know much biographically about Katy and I assume you have no interest in doing so, which is fair enough. But without the background knowledge about her/her career, you’re kind of not really a voice of reasoned opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jena.pasko Jena Pasko

    I still don’t get why everyone loves her. Her debut song was just a cheap ploy for attention through lesbianism. Her entire existence is consumed by the need for more fame and attention. Sorry, but I just don’t get the attraction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mrs.Tindall Samantha Tindall

    Apparently I’m in the minority but I love Katy<3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001298328466 Molly J. Grattan

    Love KP. Her Unplugged performance was actually pretty awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658354501 Alexis Campbell

    I absolutely love her. Totally loving and agreeing with this post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.sumbland Robert Sumbland

    Katy Perry’s awesome, funny beautiful and talented, how can anyone hate her?! So glad you chose ‘Mannequin’ that’s my favourite song by her, the guitar melody + her voice = win!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jgoolia Julia Goolia

    awesome :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001894696197 Allison Frankfother

    Ohhh, my gosh, I love Katy Perry! I’m a Christian, at a Christian college, and acknowledge that some of her music can be a little raunchy. But she’s got spunk and sparkle and real talent and so much cutness. It’s hard to be driving down the highway on a gorgeous summer or fall day and not want to listen to her music. She does seem so real, like if I met her I wouldn’t even be that starstruck…I’d just want to be friends :) Katy Perry forever!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanine.lizotte Jeanine Michelle

    i already didn’t like her music, and then i read this and i liked her even less.

    http://www.vice.com/read/take-a-stroll-with-rob-delaney-dear-katy-perry

    • http://www.facebook.com/almie.rose Almie Rose

      Living the dream!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chandlerlaverty Chandler Laverty

    bahaha! kitty purry… very good Kathryn…very good indeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heidi.m.sanchez Heidi Sanchez

    I can’t agree with you more!! She actually is talented in her unplugged album is among my favorites

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1457542368 Delia Anaii Hernandez

    i love thisss so much!! and i couldn’t agree more 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashgalindo Asha Galindo

    this kind of reminds me of the arguement, which I kind of stole from Chuck Klosterman, about there being no such thing as a guilty pleasure. I don’t believe in the guilty pleasure but I’m sure that’s how many girls (people) view liking Katy Perry. Let’s not be guilty about something that gives us pleasure. Let’s not feel guilty for liking someone who works hard, writes her own material (as well as some for other artists), and isn’t as fake as her costumes might appear. Katy’s mostly about fun and celebrating girls. I’m all for it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511826480 Sarah Gollhofer

      Word, sister.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566635178 Rachel Orme

    I love me some Katy Perry-her music is infectious and it makes me happy to listen to it and to sing along! I will never understand why people are offended by her music or her persona, which is (to me) done to be obviously tongue-in-cheek. Count me in as a Katy Perry fan! (But that still doesn’t mean that I have to watch The Smurfs. That ain’t happenin’.)

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