Katy Perry on her support for gay marriage: “Thank God we’ve evolved”

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Katy Perry covers this weekend’s issue of Parade magazine with a patriotic theme because of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, which coincides with the release date for Katy’s sure-to-be annoying 3-D concert movie, Part of Me. Between Katy’s premiere looks and the fact that she’ll be trashing Russell Brand in the movie, I’m ready for this film to come out and then go away in very short order. Of course, Part of Me will sell millions of tickets, and this will only fuel Hollywood’s apparent, misguided desire to turn Katy into a movie star because she’s so pretty. In this Parade interview, Katy discusses various topics including why she insisted upon including her breakup in the film (and she gets in a little dig about “the universe“) as well as her thoughts on gay marriage:

On why she’s featuring her breakup in the movie: “I think if people walked out of the theater and that was completely avoided, they would be like, ‘Well, there’s an elephant in the room that’s still there.’ I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows. I wanted to show the complete spectrum.”

Despite being addressed in the film, the breakup is understandably a sensi­tive subject for Perry. She refers to it only as “the situation”-as in, “I’m very aware that it’s inappropriate to give too much away, and that really the situation is just between two people.” When it’s noted that she and Brand have been respectful of each other in the media, she responds cryptically, “The universe will have its way.”

Katy’s “musical collaborator” Bonnie McKee on “Wide Awake”: “When we wrote ‘Teenage Dream,’ it was really about your first love and how magical that is. I think Russell made her feel that way again, and she felt she had found the person she was going to spend the rest of her life with. And whenthat didn’t turn out to be what she’d hoped, it kind of made sense to talk about waking up.”

On her concert movie: “There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. … I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.”

On her reaction to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: “I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things-equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want-hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads indisbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.’”

On her patriotism: “Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate the freedom we have in America-especially as a female.”

[From Parade]

I’m not sure whether Katy truly thinks her fans would be upset if she ignored the topic of her marriage or if she’s merely providing a lame justification for including it in the movie. In related news, TMZ has a rather hilarious photo of billboard vandalization in which someone has defaced an advert for Russell’s upcoming FX show by spraypainting, “I would rather watch the Katy Perry movie.” Seriously?

As for Katy’s (relatively) newfound support of gay marriage, I guess that’s one area where she actually had her head on straight. Or maybe she’s just trying to appeal to the gay audience. If she’s willing to throw her own estranged husband under the bus, then I can see her pandering to any demographic possible just to sell movie tickets. Maybe I’m being too suspicious though.

So far, Parade has only released Katy’s cover shot, so here are some promotional photos for Part of Me that show her in a “quirky” flag outfit.

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Katy Perry

Photos courtesy of Parade and AllMoviePhoto

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  1. Mia says:

    Her idea is right, but yet I don’t find myself especially liking her. Seems to be pandering to fans and trying to make some money/publicity off of hopping on that political train while it’s still hip. She just comes across as a fraud to me.

  2. logan says:

    Evolved into what is the big question.

  3. embertine says:

    I’m not really a fan (mainly because she sings like an antelope with a chest infection, as I have mentioned before) but I think it shows true humility to publicly say, “I was wrong, and now that I know more I have revised my position.”

    Good for her.

  4. Jayna says:

    She was asked a question and answered it. It’s not like she’s proclaiming herself savior to the gays like Gaga. Plus she was raised in a close-minded, evangelical household, and still considers herself a Christian, so I find her response meaningful.

    • cmc says:

      + 1

      Although really, after doing such a 180 from her upbringing, it surprises me she can still consider herself “Christian” at all. I think it’s cool that Christian has a such a crazy wide definition… from the Duggars to Katy Perry, it’s the same religion but so different.

      • Riana says:

        Well Christianity only denotes a belief in Christ as far as I know with no other real stipulations so yeah, very varied.

      • cmc says:

        @ Riana

        I was under the impression that some Bible-following/belief was required too? I wasn’t being critical with my original statement, I just find it interesting that different levels of interpretation of the same book fall under the same religion or ‘umbrella’ of faith.

        Personally, I prefer the more open-minded like Katy Perry and well, really any others that support gay marriage and personal choices on sexual activity (birth control, abortion, etc). Generally the more accepting a person is the more I’m willing to support their music or watch their movies.

  5. Bubbling says:

    the amount of make up on this woman o_O

  6. Shaz says:

    She’s such a douche! A chick douche. Haha what a peni$

  7. Random Devotchka says:

    I think Ms. Perry is wonderful and I will be at the theatre to see her film when it comes out! Team Katy!

    Also, I think I found my Forth of July outfit, flag dress anyone? :)

  8. DetRiotGirl says:

    So… Are we going to talk about those pictures the Superficial has of Russell Brand doing something that looks suspiciously like buying drugs?

    *waits patiently*

    • Bette says:

      He was giving money to a homeless man. He does this a lot. Yes, I know people who aren’t fans (or just don’t know much about him) will snark and say “sure, he’s giving them money, wink wink” but there is no way Russell is doing drugs again. I’ve seen him multiple times lately and he’s always extremely focused, serene and sharp. Also he’s got an entourage of about 12 people (sponsors, yoga gurus, friends) who would probably die before letting him relapse.

      • DetRiotGirl says:

        I would buy that explanation if it weren’t for what appeared to be a bag with a white substance passing through the window. I zoomed in long and hard on that one shot and really couldn’t come up with a simple explanation for what that was that didn’t involved drugs. Sorry, I’m just going by what I saw in the pictures. Maybe it was a weird camera angle or weird lighting.

        I have to say though, I agree with @mostlyharmless. This site definitely has it in for Katy Perry. If Katy were seen doing something that looked anything like, say, buying coke, this site would have a field day tearing her apart. It seems every story about her somehow has a negative spin to it. Meanwhile, Russell can do no wrong.

        It also annoys me how Celebitchy felt the need to cover some jerk graffiting Russell’s sign. So there’s one immature KP fan out there? So what? Judging her and her fan base on that has about as much merit as me going through the comments on KP stories and making note every time someone calls Katy a talentless skank or a wh*ore who got famous for her tits and concluding that these nasty comments represent the attitude of all of Russell’s fans towards his ex wife.

        Mind you, I don’t really have that strong of an opinion on either of them. Russell seems to have a real streak of douche in him. Remember when he called that one night stand’s grandfather? Or how about the picture of Katy with no make up? However, he’s a very good writer and I do respect how much effort he’s made to stay sober.

        Katy has a voice like a Fraggle who smokes six packs a day and the style of circus clown who was abducted at the MAC counter. But, she’s harmless enough and I occasioanlly even find myself somewhat amused by her candy coated assualts on good taste.

        I actually really do hope that Russell is staying sober. But, I just get tired of the very one sided coverage this website gives when discussing this couple. Even Jennifer Aniston is treated with less contempt! Shoot, even Leann Rimes occasionally gets thrown a bone when she wears a nice outfit and Katy is way less offensive than her.

      • May May says:

        If you look at the other photos, you can definitely tell that it’s just a piece of paper that he supposedly wrote his phone number on. Nothing more.

      • Bette says:

        Well, I have to say, if this site “has it in” for Katy, and has a soft spot for Russell, then it’s about time someone did. I swear, if you look on virtually any other place on the internet that discusses the two of them, it’s all pretty much “Katy is a saint, poor Katy” and “Russell is a crazy druggie man-whore.” It’s nice to see at least one gossip site who recognizes that Russell isn’t necessarily a bad guy just because he doesn’t fit the conventional idea of attractiveness and he’s a bit offbeat by most people’s standards. I really admire the writers of this site for taking the unpopular stance of (often) defending Russell instead of just automatically siding with Katy because she’s the female and she’s more famous and she’s the more conventionally sympathetic party.

        I think this site favors Russell because their slant is “intelligent gossip” and they recognize that Russell is by far one of the most intelligent celebs out there now. He’s shown this with his writing, his wit during interviews and standup, and his refusal to stoop to the level of dishing about his divorce like Katy Perry has. And to me this is a good thing.

  9. Rhiley says:

    I don’t think that Katie realizes that the average age of her fans is between 10 and 12 years old. I don’t think they would give two hoots if she left Brand out. The only adults who will see this movie are moms who are reluctantly taking their tweens this summer.

  10. Jover says:

    Who cares what this illiterate fameho thinks about anything; I don’t take my political guidance about any subject from celebutards; she will say and do anything to stay in the news because her “music” is crap, and she surely in some dim part of her brain knows it. No this isn’t about free speech etc. this is about giving a no talent way more attention than she deserves; what’s next is she going to wander into cosmology and inform us the expansion of the universe is slowing down; I would be happy if she could actually sing a decent pop song not that dreck like Fireworks. And her actual knowledge of Christian Theology wouldn’t even fit on one of her fake eyelashes.

  11. Mostly Harmless says:

    I neither like nor dislike Katie Perry, but I do not approve of how your obvious irritation with her makes every story you write about her negative.

  12. Crazy Charlize says:

    Thank God? Has this airhead ever read a Bible to see what God had to say on this isssue?

    Hint: He wasn’t a big fan.

    • S says:

      Hint: HE didn’t write the Bible. Some guys wrote down a bunch of their opinions/thoughts, said they were “inspired” by God to do so. Others can be “inspired” by a flower to paint. But does that mean the flower made the painting? No.

      And if you’re going by what’s written iside, then how about following Jesus’s lead and judge none, befriend all, love all, forvige all?

  13. Bette says:

    I think Katy’s reasoning for including the divorce in her movie is totally disingenuous. As others have said, I doubt her fans would really care if she left it out. Or even if they did, I’m sure they could live with it. How hard is it to understand and accept the concept of a celeb keeping some aspects of their life private? The real reason she included it is because she knew that that’s what would generate the most media interest and buzz … it’s not her “fans” she included it for, it’s the media who thrive on dirt about celeb relationships. She could’ve easily just said “This film is about my career and my tour, not my personal life, and I don’t feel comfortable revealing certain things.” But she didn’t, because she wanted the publicity.

  14. Kim says:

    Yeah she is so evolved. A grown woman who dresses and acts like a 5 year old.

  15. Vic Kelley says:

    Ms. Perry chose the wrong word. She should have said “degenerated.” As for Ms. Perry and others like her I just use them for entertainment purposes only. I suppose they have opinions on things, but I don’t care to listen to them.

    I do think the “Parade” cover is stupid. Her divorce is not some grand heroic thing. Celebrating her independence? What a crock. You failed in your marriage, Ms. Perry, you didn’t do anything special.