When Katy Perry came out with her first single, “I kissed a girl” I was ridiculously annoyed. Not because I have a beef against lesbians or because I care who is kissing whom, but because I thought, “Oh great, another pop tart with another stupid song written by someone else that’s been perfectly crafted to fit with whatever image the record company has designed for her.”
I have to admit – her songs since “I kissed a girl” are catchy. But still, I’ve never bought one of her CDs or really paid much attention to her.
So, fast forward to when she and Russell Brand married. I kind of love him and I thought, well — maybe she is a sweetheart. I’ll reserve judgement. Still, I bought none of her CDs.
How is any of this relevant to this post?
Craig’s buddies are in town and I’ve had some time on my hands in the evenings. So, on Friday night I rented the Katy Perry movie on AppleTV feeling pretty confident that Craig wouldn’t be bummed that he missed it.)
[insert any mocking here. I can take it.]
For those of you who haven’t seen it (all of you?), it’s a documentary-style film about Katy’s year-long, world-tour. It follows her, shows music/concerts, interviews with her family (who tour with her), her manager and other key people in the Katy Perry machine.
My observations after watching the movie:
1.) That girl works hard. (And she didn’t just start working hard. She’s been working since forever.)
2.) She’s normal. She’s a normal person. She’s not always gorgeous, her body isn’t perfect, she’s normal.
3.) She writes her own songs and actually plays instruments. (Bravo.)
4.) She can’t really dance. (Which is ok since she’s an actual songwriter and instrument-player, if you ask me. It’s refreshing.)
5.) She can sing. I mean, she really can sing.
So as the movie credits were rolling, I was thinking — I like her. I really think I like her.
Then I’m thinking, but she sort of dresses so badly. So tacky. Boobs ALL THE TIME. Ridiculousness. Do I really want that example for my girls?
Then I thought.
Yep. I do. Because she’s another example of a woman out there working hard and doing her own thing. And that’s ok. And that’s to be applauded and supported.
We women judge one another far too often and I want to do all that I can to encourage my girls to respect all women.
We’re all in this together.
So yeah, all that said. Go, Katy Perry. Go.