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Entertainment Weekly and Katy Perry

I wrote to Entertainment Weekly about their Katy Perry "I Kissed A Girl" article. I was a little irritated that they didn't even mention the pro-LGBT people upset about the song, so this is what I sent them:

I'm surprised your article on Katy Perry didn't mention why some people are "put off" by the content of her hit single, "I Kissed A Girl"-- the homophobic vibes, not the supposedly "scandalous" girl-kissing. Ms. Perry's been quoted in interviews saying she's never actually kissed a girl (so there goes one of her "Oh, no!" life moments). More importantly, the music video for the song features women parading around, decked out in lingerie and male fantasy, without a real girl/girl kiss in sight. And of course, by the end of the video, Katy wakes up, happily back in her heteronormative spot next to her sleeping boyfriend. Thank goodness! We wouldn't want her to have a real non-heterosexual interaction!

It's the same-old, same-old conservatism and homophobia, masquerading as scandal. Katy Perry may mean well, but her material pushes my buttons, and not because it's "unique" or "shocking".

*Crosses fingers that it'll get into the magazine after next in the Reader's Letters section*.

Funnily enough, too, my dad liked my the letter and got really excited about me sending angry stuff to magazines. I love that my dad's not a Republican anymore. It makes my life that much happier.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I hate that freakin' song.

And that is an awesome, awesome email.
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And, yes, obviously the song bugs me. A lot.
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)

I was severely pissed off when I turned on the music channel the other morning and found that the bloody song had made its way across the Atlantic. So many things about it piss me off - "it's not what good girls do." Oh, really? Very nice. I happen to be fucking lovely, thanks Katy. Her attitude in interviews is what tipped me over the edge; I think in Out she was justifying the song "Ur so gay" (another delightful "I'm edgy and cute so it's not really homophobic" song) by just repeating "No! Gay people have a great sense of humour." WE ALL HAVE A COLLECTIVE BRAIN, AND TOTALLY FIND THE SAME THINGS FUNNY. Wrong. Some of us are right miserable bastards.
Jul. 26th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)

"it's not what good girls do." Oh, really? Very nice. I happen to be fucking lovely, thanks Katy.

You are fantastic. Let me modify my earlier statement: ILU SO MUCH. :D

Oh god, and in one of the articles with her, she said the number one thing that will piss me off: "I know gay people! I love gay people!" I hate when people start making tokens of out other people. The "I can't be homophobic because I have a gay acquaintance" excuse makes me furious.

Can I be a right miserable bastard with you? *Puppy eyes*. :D
Jul. 26th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I hate that song so. Fucking. Much.
Jul. 27th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh geez, that song. That's so awesome that you sent that, I agree with everything you wrote and I realllly hope they include it.
Jul. 27th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Totally agree with you. It pretty much just reinforces the notion that bisexuality and "experimentation" in women is only an act used to titillate men. Not to mention, how quick she is to justify her heterosexuality ("hope my boyfriend don't mind it...").
Jul. 27th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Exactly! Gah, it makes me angry. Glad you agree, though. :)
Jul. 29th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Augh, hope it gets printed! >| Especially with the video, jeeeez. A video with dozens of (I guess?) attractive women sitting around in lingerie! What an amazing societal commentary! GROUNDBREAKING.
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
this is funny because i was just thinking today, again, about how angry that song makes me & i had a vision of justin timberlake singing "i kissed a boy," in exactly the same vein as the katy perry atrocity. &, well, it was hilarious.
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Awesome. I'll look for you in my Entertainment Weekly(s).
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