Look Who's Talking! Katy Perry [May Have] Called Lady Gaga Cheap
Spend any time listening to the recent discussions about artists who become commercial products and one's mind inevitably gravitates toward Katy Perry. And before any diatribe on the subject begins, let's first mention a tweet Ms. Perry squeezed out Tuesday evening that read "Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke."
She just had to drag fart jokes into this, didn't she? One tends to assume that because of Perry's Christian upbringing, she still holds certain spiritual tenets to be sacred, hence the blasphemy bashing. There's some conjecture that Perry was referring to Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" video, though no names were named in the tweet.
But does Perry really consider herself an arbiter of what entertainment is or isn't cheap? This is the same, presumably heterosexual songstress, who chirped about kissing a girl, right? Cheap pandering.
The same girl who is now cashing in on America's perennial obsession with California Culture via her latest single "California Gurls?" (Incidentally, it just made No.1 on the Billboard charts today.) Cheap rip-off of the Beach Boys during their cheapest incarnation.
She's even collaborating with hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg. Cheapest go-to move imaginable. In an interview with multiple media outlets backstage at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, Perry was asked by one reporter why California Girls were the best. The pop-tart replied that there was something down to earth about them. She added, "I'm not talking about Hollywood girls because we know most of these girls that are fresh off the bus, and get boob jobs, and climb over everybody to get to the top and we want to puke."
Her comments were a cheap jab at girls who turn to plastic surgery, unlike the naturally sculpted and aesthetically "talented" Perry. Which brings us to her performance at the movie awards. Talk about phoning it in. Flanked by professional dancers throughout the performance and backed up by Snoop, who spent a good portion of his time sitting languidly in a palm tree throne, Perry listlessly waved her arms, and shook her ass. It worked well. She was a joy to watch. One of her best moves was a simple, but heart-skipping widening of her eyes--a maneuver that demonstrated even when she's phoning it in, Perry has genuine star quality.
And this is what makes her such a terrific product. She's artistically inexpensive. There is no assembly required. She's out of the box and rearing to go. Cheap, easy and the personification of artistic blasphemy. As long as she has decent producers to work with, she could have at least 10 years of solid work in front of her. But one has to wonder what would happen, if as a friend of mine obsessed with the leggy performer once opined, Perry did something truly bold and collaborated with someone like Flaming Lip's front man Wayne Coyne.
Artistically speaking, she might appreciate in value. So that's it. The usual ranting. And don't try to point out the irony of how cheap it is for me to write a blog on Katy Perry.
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