An Open Follow-Up Question To Katy Perry

Mar 27th, 2009 // 33 Comments

Ms. Perry: Your brief interview in this month’s issue of Esquire, complete with lingerie photo spread, was about as illuminating as anyone should expect from you at this point for the first 90%. (Side note to that magazine’s online editors: As people who know how important it is to get that SEO shine, we salute you for titling the Web version “Katy Perry Hot—Sexy Pictures Of Katy Perry.”) You’re influenced by “classic No Doubt,” you like to play pretty guitars, you like Queen.. We get it. But at the very end, something you said confused me.



Here is what I couldn’t quite get my head around:

ESQ: Who were you channeling at the photo shoot?

KP: I aimed a little bit sexy with the hair. I wanted to just grow up a little bit. I’ll be twenty-five this year.

ESQ: You’re trying to grow out of the banana?

KP: No. But I can’t always play the innocent Lolita sex kitten.

ESQ: Do you think that affects the way people perceive your music?

KP: Yep. It’s the whole package. But people who want to tag along for the ride, they’ll understand and they’ll get the joke and they’ll realize that I wrote the fucking joke.

What’s the joke? I honestly don’t get it. The 618th rerun of the MTV Europe Video Awards you hosted and was on Palladia the other night, and for most of the broadcast—when you weren’t riding a dildo, anyway—you seemed to have that same blankish stare on your face that you tend to have. You know, the one when it looks like there’s too much information out there for you to process at one time? If there’s a “Doctoring The Tardis” type meta-gag going on, I’d love to be in on it, but to me, it just seems like you’ve developed this mildly titillating career based on a watered down version of the Madonna paradigm.

I could be wrong, so if you could just let me know (I’m sure we could get you a comment ID), I’d be willing to stop saying that you’re a detriment to American pop culture. I think that’s a fair deal. Otherwise, I’m just going to assume Esquire might have nailed it when the intro to your interview says “Because, man, can she sing. And, you know, she looks like this…” Well, with the exception of the “can she sing” part.

Thanks,
Dan Gibson

Katy Perry: A Woman We Love [Esquire]

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  1. jt.ramsay

    The SEO gambit is priceless.

  2. Anonymous

    I gotta say, Katy’s pretty hot when she’s not trying to sing

  3. clever epithet

    I go back and forth — on the one hand, I feel like she is in on the joke and it’s hard for me to begrudge someone finding success who isn’t 16 and a size 0. On the other hand, her music is the anthem to the stupidest side of our culture and whether or not it’s a joke to her, it’s not a joke to the 12 year-olds.

    Although calling her schtick a watered down version of Madonna is a little like calling music a collection of notes and beats. It’s hard to find a female pop singer who isn’t Madonna-derivative.

  4. sicksteanein

    What isn’t a joke?

  5. The Illiterate

    This quote doesn’t surprise me at all. Perry was joking about her looks and image and how they helped her career long before she became a star. It’s mindless pop music with burlesque touches, and a lot less offensive, at least to me, than Lady GaGa or, for that matter, Leona Lewis.

  6. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  7. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  8. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  9. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  10. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  11. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  12. T'Challa

    So to completely tart yourself up while simultaneously dumbing your music down is considered a ‘joke’ that you wrote? Sorry, but I’m not buying.

    If anything, I see KP eventually becoming a case study on how a major label was still able to completely manufacture hit songs and something of a ‘star’ in 2009, which in itself is something of a major accomplishment. For marketing types, anyway…

  13. Cos

    I will never forgive Katy Perry for “I Kissed A Girl”. Never. I don’t care if it was supposed to be a joke or that she’s “in on it”. Its not fucking funny and that song was far and away the most revolting of 2008.

  14. Rock You Like An Iracane

    @jt.ramsay: Everything Esquire’s been doing lately is skeezy SEO stuff.

    The filenames on those lingerie pictures included “topless” and “nude.” It’s a shame, what media stuck with getting hits is forced to stoop to.

  15. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  16. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  17. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  18. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  19. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  20. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  21. T'Challa

    @Rock You Like An Iracane: It’s gotten so bad that on the straight news/info AM radio station I listen to in the car here in LA now has a segment where a guy from Google comes and ‘explains’ the top 10 search terms.

  22. Nicolars

    @Cos: It’s just ignorant, sexist swill. I don’t really buy her being in on the “joke”, she’s just too stupid to care about exploiting herself.

  23. BawstonSean

    @Cos: I think you’re forgetting “U R So Gay”.

  24. Cos

    @BawstonSean: I’ve never heard that song until now, thankfully, but it still isn’t as bad as “I Kissed A Girl”.

  25. Maura Johnston

    @T’Challa: Wow. Really?

  26. annkpowers

    Listen to her current album all the way through for a lesson in totally regressive sex roles, disguised as “pro-sex,” new wave gender bending. The messages she sends are no joke. They are anti-feminist and homophobic. I don’t care how many “gay friends” she has either. Yuk!

  27. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  28. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  29. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  30. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  31. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  32. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

  33. T'Challa

    @Maura Johnston: Seriously. I was parking in front of my house at the time and I had to sit there and listen in disbelief. It was such a weird moment. I mean, they actually got a guy from Google to do it. He made a big deal out of the number 1 term being “Knowing,” and then went on to explain (in great detail) that it was the new Nic Cage movie.

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