That’s kind of a huge understatement. I mean, cherry Chapstick? That’s definitely going to get cut and updated with “the bitter chemical taste of her Kylie lipkit.” But that’s not what Katy Perry is referring to when she talks about updating “I Kissed a Girl,” the lesbian fake-out anthem of 2008.
Katy recently did a segment with Glamour magazine called You Sang My Song, in which she watches regular people cover her songs on YouTube. “I Kissed a Girl” was Katy’s breakout hit, and so naturally there’s a lot of IKAG covers. A song that probably wouldn’t have been that weird to belt out on a grainy clip-on webcam back in 2008, but feels extremely cringey now.
The whole song is about Katy kissing a girl “just to try it” and hoping her “boyfriend don’t mind it,” followed by lyrics about how it wasn’t what “good girls” do. Katy knows that the song version of whipping off your Von Dutch hat and kissing your sorority sister for bro attention during spring break is something that would definitely need a re-write before it hit the radio today.
“That was in 2008 when it came out, and I think we’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”
I can’t see anything stopping Katy from rewriting “I Kissed a Girl” to reflect an updated view of human sexuality. And while she’s in there re-tooling “I Kissed a Girl,” maybe she could go back into the archives and take a look at “Ur So Gay.” Although I have a feeling she’s going to go through a Costco pack of erasers trying to fix the mistakes in that one.