Apocalypstick's ApocaLISTTen Reasons To Like Katy PerryAlmie Rose

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/profile.php?id=100000099304653 Dan Ganacias

    man, i had i kissed a girl in my ipod for a while just out of irony. andway, so then one day me and my girl went thrift shopping (shutup) and we found a starbucks cd with her covering i forgot what, and she and him doing i put a spell on you (the only reason i bothered with the cd at all, i absolutely adore zooey (cant stand the two being compared, theyre both beautiful but in totally different ways) (wooHOO parenthesis in parenthesis! ugh i digress.) )) anyway. i heard the track she had on it not knowing it was her and was blown away at her pipes! (it was gold and black, i googled it because it was bothering me) so yea my girl told me it was katy perry and i was like WuTT GRrrrl YoU Tripppin’ so she burned me a cd of “one of the boys” and i pretty much just fell in love. mannequin being my favorite, thanks for adding that video, i had that on repeat for days on end.
    and about the whole changing her image thing, psh yea if i was famous id sell out real quick. i enjoy the finer things in life and worrying about how to pay for stuff sucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551712972 Dimitra Mexis

    Hi! I just wanted to say that i thought ur comment about rock and pop was dead right – its now in my favorite quotes on facebook =) x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000236633877 Sierra Austin

    I love her. I love how she shamelessly promotes self confidence, and how every performance is pure fun. Except for her song “Thinking of You”, that makes me cry. But in a good way. And to everyone out there making hateful comments about how offensive some of her music is, I’m sorry. But the truth is, there are a lot more people out there who agree with Katy. You don’t have to be homophobic to blast “Ur so Gay” you just have to have really bad taste in men. And own it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26111262 Allison Camille

    I find the song “I Kissed a Girl” to be greatly offensive to bisexual girls. It’s hard enough dealing with the stereotype that all bisexual girls are just trying to get attention without a pop song that glorifies that kind of behavior on such a grand scale. I think the song is homophobic and anti-feminist. Also, her song “Last Friday Night” condones dangerously reckless behavior. There’s nothing cool about getting so wasted you can’t remember anything at all from the night before.. Many women are sexually assaulted under those same circumstances. I am all for partying and getting down, but let’s also remember to be safe and not put ourselves in harm’s way just for a night of fun.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61101261 Becca Robson

      I agree with all of this

  • http://www.facebook.com/natalie.fielding Natalie Fielding

    i’ve loved Katy forever, solely because she has a cat named kitty purry! and now i have 9 other reasons to like her too. love this. RESPECT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldale23 Laura Dale

    I don’t love her, I don’t hate her. I think the reasons listed here are all great reasons to like an artist and that’s that. She knows her fans and that girl can sing. Period. Do I want to hear her singing about kissing girls and having three ways though? Not really.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.aziz2 Amanda Aziz

    I used to like her when she was low key and humble. I do admit that she does have talent, as her voice is killer. However, you know what else is killer, but in a bad way? Being full of yourself. I don’t know, but I was disgusted after I saw her tour requests. Though I guess this isn’t just about her, but about many pop stars too because fame does get to your head. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathalia.romano Nathalia Romano

    She’s amazing! In rock in rio, she sang thinking of you and said it was dedicated to her brazilian fans, cuz this was the only country that this song was number one. now, that song is like 2 years old. it’s really amazing that she wants to know where her songs are going well, and that she remembers! really sweet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachelaelias Rachel Elias

    I always said Zooey should dress as Katy Perry for Halloween.

  • http://www.facebook.com/haintso Haintso Rakouth

    no comment on her.

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

      Ahhh yet this is a comment on her anyway! PARADOX. That Katy, she’ll get ya.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acabeyta Angela Abeyta

    I agree! The world is not black and white-you can admit that someone is talented while not personally enjoying his/her art. I, however, love KP. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandymora Sandy Mora

    Has anyone mentioned how amazing her outfits are? She’s totally adorable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092690534 Elizabeth Burans

    I’m so happy that you wrote this article, cause she’s a total baller. I think we need music like hers that is fun and gets you to dance. Whatever if people say they don’t like her, I bet they still sing her songs when they’re alone in their cars. I know I do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567590185 Sabrina Martinez

    I was at her show at the Santa Barbara Bowl. During one of her songs she pulls people up on stage and has them dance with her. A little boy and her tried to take a picture together during the song, but she wasn’t sure if it worked so at the end of the song she called him over and re-took the photo and then kissed him on the cheek! She seems like a genuinely cool person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248900144 Josie Suhs

    people need to stop bitching. she’s bad ass. bottom line

  • http://www.facebook.com/prettynerd70 Kendra Lancaster

    boy, lots of hate for people who don’t even really know the person. judgmental really, but you get what you give in the long run. anywho, i don’t necessarily agree with everything Katy Perry does or says, but i like her music. I Kissed a Girl is super catchy, and i didn’t care for it much at first, but it grew on me. my favorite is Thinking of You and the music video to go with it (talk about tear your heart out). if she sang songs about everything everyone else wants to hear, i’d be willing to bet the haters would love her. if she did that she wouldn’t be herself though. who are we to tell someone to not be themselves, even if that means they’re a bit crazy sometimes? i respect that lots of people don’t like her music. i totally get that. just because she doesn’t go along with the norm doesn’t mean she’s trying to get attention. point being, dislike her music if you want but don’t down the person because of her music, especially if you don’t actually know her. and that concludes my Katy Perry love rant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540313198 Emma Jones


  • 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’.)

  • 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=1457542368 Delia Anaii Hernandez

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

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