Before I knew that, I’d heard she’d sung a song called, ‘I Kissed A Girl’ but I’d never listened to the song or knew what she looked like.
But when I heard her cat’s name, I thought it was seriously cool. The alliteration was great.
I then saw her on TV performing her ‘California Gurls’ song. With the sound off.
And I began wondering what all the hoo-haa was about.
So when, one day over the summer, the boys were bored, I suggested we looked at some music video’s online.
I suggested we watch Katy Perry sing ‘California Gurls.’
Three minutes later, I was regretting that decision with all of my being. The music video, ostensibly based on the board game Candyland, was full of blatant sexual innuendo and double entendre.
The boys, being the ten year-old innocents they are, took the sumptuous visuals of cherry-topped cupcake bikinis and a naked Perry on candy floss clouds in their stride.
Their only response was to ask if they could have strawberries for dessert that night.
I, however, was just about done in by her squirting whipped cream from her breasts.
Consider these words from the song:
‘I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
Sippin’ gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
The boys break their necks
Tryin’ to creep a little sneak peek
‘Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, will melt your popsicle’
‘Sex on a beach
We get sand in our stilettos’
Not so innocent. And not meant to be.
Even if you don’t listen to the lyrics very closely, it is clear she mentions the word ‘sex’ at the beginning of the verse. And in so doing, (rather cleverly don’t you think?) provides us moms, with an extra-special ‘teaching moment.’
Butt’s up, Katy.
Her current single, Teenage Dream isn’t any better.
‘We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets
I finally found you
My missing puzzle piece
I like Katy Perry’s tunes.
They’re catchy in a poppy way and she’s a pretty girl albeit with a strange choice in boyfriends.
When I heard there was a furore over her dress during a Sesame Street episode, I wasn’t surprised.
But when I watched the clip, quite frankly, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
I’ve seen Tinkerbell wear less.
However, if I had a three year-old, would I really want her to see Katy Perry flirting along with Elmo and then have her start to emulate her heroes by singing and dancing along to Perry’s tunes?
I don’t think so.
So listen up, people. The question is not, was Katy Perry’s dress on Sesame Street appropriate?
It is why the flippin’ heck she was on there in the first place?
What do you think of Katy Perry on Sesame Street? Is it a storm in a tea-cup? Or a tornado on the plain? Let me know in the comments!
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