Why Katy Perry's E.T. is Bad for Girls [VIDEO]

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Katy Perry in makeup and hair for her E.T. video.

Anyone who’s seen me on stage in the last few months knows that I am amassing a half-hour special’s worth of stand-up material on everything that’s wrong with Katy Perry.  Before I get a rash of criticism from her fans, let me say this: Katy Perry is beautiful and she has a great voice.  She does.  It’s just too bad she’s using it to sing such terrible lyrics.

Song after song, Perry dispenses poor advice to her young listeners – and like any pop star, many of her listeners are tweens and teens.  As I noted in my Joke of the Week for Time Out New York, “I hate the way Katy Perry oversimplifies things. In Firework she says, ‘After a hurricane comes a rainbow.’ Actually, Katy, sometimes after a hurricane comes an oil spill.”  The optimistic message that life can turn on a dime in your favor, though inaccurate, isn’t harmful.  It’s just humorous.

But the lyrics to her latest release, “E.T.,” should make any mother’s antennae perk up.  First of all, your described lover is not an alien, Katy.  It sounds like you’re in love with a sociopath.  (Take it from one who knows.)  Secondly, the last thing impressionable girls need to be listening to is a song that advocates being abducted and probed in lyrics by Kanye West, whose “Monster” video is filled with female corpses hanging from nooses.

Here’s a look at the video with the lyrics below.  Am I overreacting?  Tell me what you think.  One of the reasons Katy Perry strikes such a chord with me is because her bubble gum pop is so easy to swallow, the horrible messages in these lyrics are taken like candy – something kids eat without even thinking. West’s last verse is particularly troublesome, (Imma disrobe you/Then Imma probe you/See I abducted you/So I tell you what to do) especially in the wake of all the sexual assault cases against children that we’ve covered in the last few weeks.

Kanye West:

I got a dirty mind I got filthy ways
I’m tryna bathe my eyes in your milky way
I’m a legend I’m irreverent I’ll be reverend
I’ll be so far up
We don’t give a f***
Welcome to the danger zone
Step into the fantasy
You are not invited to the other side of sanity
They callin’ me an alien a big headed astronaut
Maybe it’s because yo boy Yeezy get a** a lot

Katy Perry:

You’re so hypnotizing
Could you be the devil
Could you be an angel
Your touch magnetizing
Feels like I am floating
Leaves my body glowing

They say be afraid
You’re not like the others
Futuristic lover
Different DNA
They don’t understand you

You’re from a whole other world
A different dimension
You open my eyes
And I’m ready to go
Lead me into the light

Kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me
Infect me with your love and
Fill me with your poison

Take me, ta-ta-take me
Wanna be a victim
Ready for abduction

Boy, you’re an alien
Your touch are foreign
It’s supernatural

You’re so supersonic
Wanna feel your powers
Stun me with your lasers
Your kiss is cosmic
Every move is magic


Kanye West:

I know a bar out in mars
Where they driving spaceships instead of cars
Cop a Prada space suit about the stars
Getting stupid ha straight up out the jars
Pockets on Shrek, rockets on deck
Tell me whats next? Alien sex.
Imma disrobe you
Then Imma probe you
See I abducted you
So I tell you what to do


Lyrics via.  Photo via.

Article Posted 6 years Ago

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