From YRB Magazine (and with a h/t to Uh Like That!), here are the latest words of wisdom from the musical chameleon herself, Katy Perry…
“I’m not here to be a role model personality. I’m here to be in the business of f**king rock and roll. Being in the business of rock and roll means having an attitude, being sexy, being edgy and being unapologetic unless I do something wrong…I look up to people like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury and Cyndi Lauper. I want to have that same type of appeal. If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus.”
Damn…where do I begin? First off, let’s talk about the business that Katy thinks she’s in. I am going to make this confession once, and only once, that Katy Perry came up with one of the most infectious pop songs of the past few years. The hook is irresistible, and whether or not you credit her or Max Martin, she delivers the goods. I would actually own the record if I could stand the girl’s personality. But “I Kissed a Girl” is POP music, Katy.
Second, does she really think that she’s doing something that Cyndi Lauper or Joan Jett would be proud of? Two of the four artists she lists are gay, and yet her way of paying respect is to release a kiss-off record to an ex called “Ur So Gay”, which opens with a wish for the ex to hang himself with a scarf from H&M. Classy, indeed, and very respectful of those who preceded her.
Finally, although I know it’s a cheap shot, let’s talk about the past recordings of Miss Katy Hudson. Beliefnet, which I actually have a decent amount of respect for, have highlighted questions about her past musical direction, as well as her family’s reaction to her success. This really smells more like a calculated move to distance herself from her past while finding success in a new arena, but at the end of the day, only Katy knows. Here’s hoping she gets her shizz together, because selling your soul for a hit can only fill so many holes in your life for so long, and after a while, it makes more than it fills. The aftereffects aren’t all that fun to clean up.