Monday, September 26, 2011
Is Katy Perry Evil?
So here's the thing...
Today I'm driving down the road, no kids in the car, and a Katy Perry song comes on the radio.
It's Teenage Dream.
It's a really catchy song that I have been very clear with my kids they are NOT allowed to listen to because the lyrics are so wrong it makes me sick. And yet every time it comes on the radio I want to listen to it because really, it's catchy. But I don't. I change the station because I don't think I should be listening to it for the same reasons my kids shouldn't be.
So the next station I turn to also had a Katy Perry song playing.
Last Friday Night.
And I'm met with the same dilemma. I actually like to listen to the song but I feel like it's really wrong. The lyrics are so messed up, especially for young kids to be hearing messages like this. So I turned it off and I started thinking, how does somebody feel like it is okay to put these messages out to kids and teenagers (or anyone for that matter)?
Shane and I have talked about Katy Perry a lot and what to do about her songs because the kids all want to listen to her and all their friends at school listen to her. They even play her music at school carnivals from the DJ booth. Shane thinks she is evil and her lyrics make me think maybe she is too. Her songs are the last thing I want my kids listening to.
I decided to research her a little more today to try to figure out where she came from and why she does what she does. I went to the ever reliable Wikipedia where I learned she is the daughter of two pastors (of course!) and her mother never let her listen to "secular" music growing up, only gospel music. When she began pursuing her music career her first attempts were at Gospel Rock and she was highly unsuccessful. Of course she was. There is nothing sexy or immediately gratifying about Gospel Rock so why would anyone care? It was only once she went to pop and dropped all things moral that she was highly, EXTREMELY successful. Suddenly she got triple platinum songs and albums, her success is even compared to Michael Jackson in some areas, and she gets married to Russell Brand.
As I read all that I tried to think about every moment she realized she was compromising morally for the success she really wanted, and I am certain there were a lot of moral compromises going on. Especially for someone who grew up with a religious background. Then at the end of her wiki page there is this quote:
In an interview with Rolling Stone she said, "I am sensitive to Russell taking the Lord's name in vain and to Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen."
And there I found it. The rationalization that allows her to do what she does. She has convinced herself that as long as you don't put sex and spirituality together that it's okay. That statement, combined with the songs that she sings, is so absurd it is just too much for me to take.
I have some news for you Katy Perry, bad things also happen when you promote teenage sex as fun and exciting.
There will be repercussions for the teenagers that buy into it and someday, there will be repercussions for you.
So is Katy Perry Evil?
I don't think so. I think the word I would chose would be "confused", which is what happens when you compromise on your morality. You get really, really confused.
She doesn't know what she's doing anymore... and that's scary.