This post first appeared on Mona Andrei’s personal blog, Moxie-Dude.
Before I get into the meat of this post about why I’m mad at Katy Perry, please allow me to make a few assumptions …
At the risk of sounding like a stalker or even a genius, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you own a radio. I just figure that since you have internet, you must also have a radio.
Since you’re here – I’m also going to assume that you will enjoy reading about my latest life updates and Hamster thoughts. If this is your first time reading a post from me, I forgive you.
And assuming you’ll enjoy reading about my latest life updates and Hamster thoughts, I’m going to assume that you must also BE like me. Because it is a universal law that birds of a feather listen to the radio and make a village together. Or something.
And since we belong to the same virtual village, I’m also assuming that you too are a mom. To one, three or none, it doesn’t matter. (See what I did there? I blame my marketing background.)
Since you and I are practically related – in a sistas-in-the-(mother)hood kind of way – I’m going to assume that we share the same values.
Okay. NOW we can get into the meat of this post about why I’m pissed at Katy Perry …
The other day I was driving my 15-year old daughter to school while bopping to a song on the radio (and ignoring my daughter’s plea to: “Stop it. Please. Just stop it.”) when suddenly an alarm bigger than Big Ben went off in my head. The next thing I knew I was looking down at the car’s radio and yelling at Katy Perry.
“Katy Perry, what the hell are you saying?!!!”
Oh wait! Before I continue, I just want to make one more assumption …
You – like me – work very hard at raising your kids to be responsible and respectful. Of others, yes, but especially respectful of THEMSELVES.
Back to the post …
So the song I was bopping to was “This Is How We Do” and what stopped me in my tracks was Katy Perry’s middle-of-the-song shout outs to her audience and fans:
“This one goes out to the ladies at breakfast, in last night’s dress.”
“Yo! This goes out to all you kids that still have their cars at the club valet, and it’s TUESDAY.”
Oh and my personal non-favourite is when she gives respect to …
“Shout out to all you kids buying bottle service, WITH YOUR RENT MONEY.”
Am I the only one who thinks that if you’re in the media and you target your work or art or whatever to kids/teenagers that you should do so with a sense of responsibility?
Dear Katy Perry, I have a mind to make you stand in the corner and think about what you’re promoting … encouraging even.
As parents, we work our asses off to instill good values and responsibility into our kids. Where do you get off ENCOURAGING kids and teenagers to behave irresponsibly?
With all due respect, because I realize how busy you must be (or maybe I mean hung over since that’s what you like to promote) I’ve come up with some alternative shout outs for you:
“This one goes out to the ladies at breakfast, rocking your confidence in your sweats.”
“Yo! This goes out to all you kids that still have your cars at the club valet, because you decided NOT to drink and drive.”
“Shout out to all you kids buying water bottle service, because high on life and a place to live are life’s secret sauce.”
Okay. Maybe not that last one.