Don’t come for Katy Perry

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2017 17:17:13 May 9, 2017 17:17:13

Katy Perry was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly this week to promote her new album but it still doesn’t have a title. Or, from what I can see, an official release date? No release date was mentioned in the EW article and I find this to be an interesting strategy, considering what we’ve seen from artists the last couple of years who give little to no notice before dropping fully complete new works. And then there’s Drake, who gives you the title and a release time range… and then ends up coming up late.

Most of the time there’s a coordinated effort behind an album release. Beyoncé goes the surprise route. Adele on the other hand stays pretty conventional. She finishes the album, it’s tight, it’s ready to go, a teaser will go out, and then the first single, and then a proper date will be announced for the full album, and when that day arrives, you get the album. Taylor Swift operates like this too.

Katy seems to be moving along in bits and pieces. And I’m not saying that’s not the right thing. It’s just… for an artist at her level – one of the top pop artists of the last few years – I’m just surprised it’s not as tight of a plan. That said, maybe that’s just where she is in her career to mirror her life. As she tells EW:

“I left my 20s and I’ve gone to my 30s,” she says. “I’ve embraced. I’ve surrendered. I’ve healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships. Today I’m sober but I don’t know about tomorrow! One day at a time, right? [Laughs] It’s all kind of beautiful. I built up Katy Perry and she was so fun. And I still am Katy Perry and I love her so much but, at the core, I’m Katheryn Hudson and I think that’s being revealed as I embrace who I really am.”

Of course the quote that’s getting the most business is about Taylor Swift. EW asks Katy directly whether or not the album will include an answer-track to Bad Blood:

“Well that’s not my question to answer — if it’s about me. I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person.

One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story. But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey. [Laughs] We got to keep it real, honey. This record is not about anyone else! This record is about me being seen and heard so that I can see and hear everyone else! It’s not even about me! It’s about everything that I see out there that I digest. I think there’s a healing in it for me and vulnerability. If people want to connect and be healed and feel vulnerable and feel empowered and strong, God bless and here it is.”

It’s a roundabout of saying…what, exactly? I’m not calling out any one person…but don’t come for me or you will hear from me…which means…?

Nothing.

It’s an answer that says exactly nothing. And I suppose that’s what she intended. To ostensibly be more vague about her beefs than Taylor, who pretty much (even though she thought she was being coy) came out and accused Katy of backstabbing her. Taylor has no problems sh-t talking women and at the same time expecting women not to sh-t talk her, in the name of female solidarity. Katy seems to be abstaining from sh-t talking anyone directly also in the name of female solidarity. This reminds me of an article I read last week at Harper’s Bazaar about feminism, specifically “Feminism Doesn’t Mean Liking Every Stupid Woman You Meet”. The writer, Jennifer Wright, posits that feminism doesn’t mean women can’t disagree or that women can’t get into some drama. Feminism, rather, is understanding that even though there’s a woman you can’t stand, you would never deny her the right to vote, the right to gender pay equality, the right to decide what happens to her body. But you can totally call her on her bullsh-t. The way Genie Bouchard called out Maria Sharapova on her bullsh-t and then beat her ass on the court yesterday.


Here's Katy performing at a YouTube event last week.

Photos:
Noam Galai/ Taylor Hill/ Getty Images

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