Katy Perry has recently been hitting every headline there is to hit, and quite rightly too. Mostly, it’s her ever-changing hair, weird outfits and obviously the big break-up. However, none of this has really led me to think too deeply about Miss Perry, but her latest music video for her song, part of me is a completely and utterly different story.
My favourite part of the video is not just her shouting “don’t touch me, don’t touch me!” at her ex at the beginning of the video, but the sign that inspires the rest of it. It reads – “All Women Are Created Equal, Then Some Join The Marines.” Really? I mean, that can’t be the answer to heartbreak can it?
For Perry it is, and for Perry it works. She takes to a dodgy toilet for a bit of a Britney moment — she cuts off all her hair, then she bandages up her boobs, checks them out in the mirror and then gets into some jeans and a hoodie, I guess to look more masculine. I’m afraid that’s as sexy as this video gets.
What we see next is her carrying a fellow marine on her shoulder, shouting, shooting a real live gun, climbing some ropes, stabbing a fake torso with a gun and surviving a very brutal splash of water.
There is a very magical moment, when her and what looks like her troop, are stood in the middle of some water. They are stood in perfect formation, gun in hand, and she is actually singing, whilst everyone around her stands in silence. Very bizarre. Anyway, the moral of this story is join the Marine’s if you have just been through a break-up. Ditch the cute little dresses for a gun and some camouflage.
Anyway, the moral of this story is join the Marine’s if you have just been through a break-up. Ditch the cute little dresses for a gun and some camouflage.
The buzz that has surrounded this video has been equally as bizarre. Naomi Wolf’s response has been by far the most interesting, calling the video propaganda for the Marine Corps and asking everyone to boycott the singer. A fair argument seeing as the message of the video essentially calls for women to join the army to become superior – “All Women Are Created Equal, Then Some Join The Marines.”
On the other hand one critic said, “The makeup is gone and it’s as far from glamorous as it can get, but it pays homage to our troops and the scores of brave women who have joined up.” I beg to differ. Cut to the scene where she is being shouted at during boot camp, and I think you will find she is wearing a full face of make-up. There is definitely a shit load of eyeliner involved anyway.
Yes, the troops and the scores of brave women who have joined the Marine Corps should be celebrated for fighting America’s sometimes illogical battles but I’m just not sure Katy Perry should be part of it. She is a pop star, going through what must be a difficult time, and sees fit to show her strength through a 4.12 minute video of her pretending to be part of the army. If this begins to influence young people then I’m pretty sure it is propaganda. Maybe she should just stick to the stilettos and the candy coloured dresses. It suits her better.
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