Remember when Katy Perry made some weird slut-shamey comments about other pop stars? After she received a lot of flak for sounding like a hypocrite, the singer talked to Entertainment Weekly and was all, Oh, yeah, never mind.
If you need a refresher, Perry went on NPR last week to say, “Females in pop– everybody’s getting naked. I mean, I’ve been naked before, but I don’t feel like I have to always get naked.” A bit of a jarring statement from someone who’s taking a clothesless bath in cotton candy on one of her album covers.
The singer obviously noticed that the whole internet was collectively rolling their eyes at her, because she’s since clarified her statement. Kind of. Or maybe she just repeated it. Perry told EW:
There are times when you see other people who, the only reason why they have success is because they’re just shock jocks, which works for a period of time. I haven’t really taken off all my clothes yet, so I still have that card to play if I want to. I think when you play that card first, then you’re like [groans]. Yeah, I’ve done my fair share of ‘naked on a cotton candy cloud’ situation, but everything is with a wink. It’s not like, ‘here’s my vagina.’
Oh, okay. So it’s cool to use your sexuality for the benefit of your career, as long as it’s exactly the way Katy Perry uses her sexuality to benefit her career. Got it.
Perry did, however, shoot down the people who speculated that she was taking a jab at Miley Cyrus. “She’s what, 19 or 20? She’s just living her life. She’s super young, and there’s no directing book on how to do this,” she said in EW. Didn’t you just try to write one?
I kind of feel for Katy Perry, though. She goes on to explain that she feels a lot of pressure to have the perfect response to questions that she can tell are just baiting her to say something wrong: “The thing is, people come to me and ask me, out of default, what I think about all these girls, but at the end of it all I shouldn’t be considered the behavior police, because I’m not always going to be on my best behavior.” I get that.
You may want to work on your apology strategy, Katy, and you should probably consider biting your lip the next time someone asks for your definitive opinion on sexual expression. But we’ll let you off the hook for now.