The next time Katy Perry goes to look at hot pictures of herself, she just needs to reach for this Vogue cover. Looking like an 80s model who just came from a commercial audition for Alberto Mousse is a very hot look.
But Katy does a lot more than just stare at you from the cover while looking like Cruella De Vil’s edgy hipster niece. She also gets serious and talks about serious things. If you haven’t already guessed from the video and performances for her single Chained to the Rhythm, she’s got a lot to say. You know, saying things – aka talking. Like the opposite of staying silent. You know where this is going.
Katy’s maybe thinly-veiled slap at Taylor Swift and other celebs who don’t get involved came after talking about the subtle message of her latest single.
“I don’t think you have to shout it from the rooftops. But I think you have to stand for something, and if you’re not standing for anything,” she adds pointedly, perhaps aiming at some of her deliberately apolitical confreres, “you’re really just serving yourself, period, end of story. California Gurls and fluffy stuff would be completely inauthentic to who I am now and what I’ve learned. I do believe we need a little escapism, but I think that it can’t all be that. If you have a voice you have a responsibility to use it now, more than ever.”
If that was too subtle, Katy says the video for Chained to the Rhythm is full of metaphors, like people who fake perfect lives on social media. Faking perfection on social media? I wonder who that could be in reference to.
The rides are metaphors for such contemporary concerns as the mortgage and loan crises, the poisoned-water catastrophe in Flint, Michigan, and “the addiction we get from posting and curating our lives on social media to look like they’re perfect, when they’re not.”
According to Katy, she’s woke now and wants to do music with a message.
“I’ve seen behind the curtain, and I can’t go back. I used to be the queen of innuendo, everything done with a wink. Now I want to be the queen of subtext – which is a cousin to innuendo, but it’s got more purpose.”
She also says loves where she’s at right now – 32 years old – and that she doesn’t want to go back to her 20s.
“It’s a nice place to be. I love it! I wouldn’t give anything to go back to my 20s; I’m so much more grounded. And I’ve learned a lot of lessons – patience, the art of saying no, that everything doesn’t have to end in marriage. That your education can start now.”
Oh come on Katy, you couldn’t have gone shadier and said 22? You were so close, and then you pulled back. I’m disappointed in your commitment to keeping this middle school feud going.
Pic: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue