If there is one thing you’d say about Katy Perry, it is that she ain’t shy. The “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It” singer has certainly worn her fair share of revealing outfits. But in an interview with NPR host Scott Simon, she commented, “Everybody’s getting naked. I mean, I’ve been naked before but I don’t feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed.”
So, who was she referring to?
Miley’s Wrecking Ball video? Her bezzie-mate Rhi-Rhi’s endless array of Instagram pics of her curvaceous behind?
Sadly, the Roar star refused to name names.
“I’m not talking about anyone in particular,” she said. “I’m talking about all of them. I mean, it’s like everybody’s so naked. It’s like put it away. We know you’ve got it. I got it too. I’ve taken it off for – I’ve taken it out here and there. And I’m not necessarily judging. I’m just saying sometimes it’s nice to play that card but also it’s nice to play other cards.”
Known for her colorful latex pop outfits, Perry has been buttoning up when not on stage recently. She told NPR she would prefer to “to be seen as an inspiration” to her fans, rather than a role model.
“I think when you set out to be an artist, first and foremost, you don’t come with this kind of like, ‘Hey, I also want to be a role model.'”
“I do see myself becoming this, whatever, inspiration out of default right now, ’cause it’s such a strange world. A role model, I think, will fail you. I mean, I couldn’t tell kids when it’s time for them to try things or do things. That’s not my role,” she states.
However, I would argue that regardless of whether or not a celeb sets themselves up to be a role model, they have a responsibility to their fans — and to women in general — if they are in the public eye. By that, I am not saying they have to live by a certain set of rules or uphold certain moral values, merely that they respect themselves and appreciate the position they are in — and use this power wisely.
Whilst Perry is well meaning and admits that she has used “that card” to garner attention in the past, I’d question why she has taken this about face. Is it because she thinks that it’s the ONLY card that these young women are now playing?
In that case, I am completely in agreement with her. We all know that Miley is desperate to shed her Hannah Montana image and “grow up” publicly, but why does that involve swinging naked on a ball and grinding against a man dressed in nude latex? Why can’t it be like Jodie Foster going to college, or Chloe Moretz gravitating to edgier roles? Why does it have to involve the losing of one’s clothes?
Why is being naked seen as being empowering?
It isn’t. So Perry, who I have always regarded as being the bubblegum ’50s-style poster girl of pop, I am with you! Button up, hem down, and still your music sells. Why? Simply because it is great pop music.
A woman in control of what she wears and how she markets herself? Now THAT is empowering. Miley, et al — take note.
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