I’ve been reading a series of posts on Music Mix about Katy Perry’s alleged feud with Lady Gaga (a storm in Gaga’s bone china teacup if you ask me). It’s actually a rather one-sided controversy, with Perry making a random statement on Twitter that many people are claiming as an attack on Gaga’s latest video.
What did Perry say? Well, here’s what she tweeted:
Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.
And the reason why people think she was talking about Gaga’s Alejandro video?
Perry’s tweet didn’t name names, so we can’t say for sure what she was talking about, but many are interpreting her words as a shot at the upside-down crosses, edible rosary beads, sexy nun outfits, and other risque religious imagery that Gaga employs in the “Alejandro” clip.
I’m going to divert away from the faux feud for now. It’s not actually the manufactured tabloid crap that interests me here anyway. Regardless of who or what Perry was originally tweeting about, I’m wondering where she gained the right to hold forth on blasphemy.
In case you’re not aware, Katy Perry was formerly a Christian singer. When that avenue didn’t particularly pan out for her, she reinvented herself as the musical equivalent of a blow-up doll, all tits and tight clothes. She writhed around in a video, tantalisingly pretending to be bi-curious, and made the most of her – admittedly lovely – natural assets.
In her latest video, you’ll see Perry artlessly parading around in a variety of kooky costumes and shooting whipped cream from the ‘nipples’ of a specially created bra. I’m sorry, this doesn’t sound like the type of person who leaps to the defence of innocent deities.
Look, I’ve got nothing against Katy Perry’s comedy porn stylings, but it doesn’t particularly lend itself to being taken seriously as a spokesperson for Christianity. Especially when most of her own tasteless antics would probably be more offensive to other Christians.
Anyway, like I said at the top, the whole thing reeks of publicity stunt anyway. She’s got a new single out. She makes a random statement on Twitter about blasphemy, allows the aforementioned controversy to brew, then says “I ain’t got no beef with Gaga“. But she never does get around to mentioning what prompted the tweet in the first place.
What do you think pop sleuths? Was this an attention-seeking move from Miss Perry, or has she got a point about all this blasphemy stuff? Should we even be taking religion that seriously in this day and age?