Good lord, this is racy stuff which will totally unintentionally steam up the glasses of Daily Mail readers at breakfast tables across the land. Perry's a fascinating modern pop artist and the mechanics of her launch - on both sides of the Atlantic - have been clever and, despite the heavy handed sloganeering of her debut hit, quite subtle. But Katy has also attracted a fair amount of debate thanks to I Kissed a Girl and another song, UR So Gay, which attacks a straight man and explains that his problem is that he has too much in common with gay men for this to work you have to share Perry's world view that gay men are all exactly the same.
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Peter Tatchell's waded in, of course, and there's an argument, echoing the Fairytale Of New York debate last Christmas , that whether one is "singing in character" or not, it is perhaps not entirely healthy to send a message around the world that it is alright to use gay terminology as an insult. When I first wrote about Perry back in April I wondered whether Ur So Gay, the US buzz single, would be played on UK radio after the Chris Moyles homophobia row, but in truth the debate around UR So Gay and I Kissed a Girl, which offer intriguing perspectives on masculinity and femininity respectively, should be less about sexuality and more focussed on gender politics.
It's a recurring theme on Perry's debut album One of the Boys - Google the title track's lyrics for more of Perry's ideas on gender roles. Even that opens with the line "you change your mind like a girl changes clothes".
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Perhaps the problem here is not that Perry is particularly offensive. Maybe the problem is just that her lowest common denominator reference points are a bit stupid - part of a Perez Hiltonisation of popular culture which dictates that scribbling "bitch" or "fag" across someone's face, or daubing some little spots of sperm on the corner of a man's mouth, is fair comment and the height of cultural criticism.
In a former and largely success-free career she used to be a Christian singer songwriter, and Christians are all about tolerance 'n' loving The Gays. Her photo shoots look like an explosion in a branch of Cath Kidston, and there are sometimes homosexual men in London's Kings Road branch of that shop.
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She's friends with Mika - not that Mika is gay, but he is the sort of person described in UR So Gay so she can't really hate all men who aren't archetypal plumbers. So, readers, there you have it.
Does I Kissed A Girl have you screaming at your radio because it is anti-gay? Do you simply shout at your radio because you believe the song to be terrible?
Bisexuality wasn't as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it.
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While it's the first time Perry has said she'd change the lyrics, she has been encouraged to explain I Kissed A Girl in the past. Last March, she said that the song was a reflection of a youth spent in "pro-conversion camps". For instance, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it'. H owever, Perry is yet to address the lyrics of another song from that era, Ur So Gay, a kiss-off that furthered stereotypes and had a chorus consisting of: We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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