Katy Perry: My female empowerment songs make me the ideal Super Bowl act


Katy Perry

Before I get into the main part of this post, I wanted to mention the People puff piece about how Katy Perry and John Mayer are “in love” after getting back together for a fourth time. Kaiser, CB, and I all took bets on how long this time will last. I’m probably going to lose by saying John will propose this time (before breaking it off), but we’ll see.

Now for the more interesting part. The Super Bowl is only two weeks away, and Katy’s preparing her act. She refused the “pay to play” proposal by the NFL. The league’s stance is that the artists gain great exposure from 110 million viewers. I disagree. Any act who plays for the Super Bowl is well established and will bring plenty of their own audience to the table. The NFL’s greed shines through with the dumb “pay to play” scheme.

Anyway. Katy talked to the Chicago Tribune about that subject and also the Ray Rice situation. CBS saw fit to pull a Rihanna performance (because, hey, why let a DV survivor have a voice?) before they hired Katy. Of course Katy is talking up how her female empowerment tunes make her the best performer possible for this year’s game. Oh?

On the NFL’s handling of Ray Rice: “It wasn’t an image problem, it was a problem. We were all watching and asking ourselves questions about what this year would mean. But I think that the problem that the NFL is dealing with is a global problem … we need to work out — or educate people on.”

Katy can help: “I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirits, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework,’ so maybe there is no better person. Hopefully I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people through the performance.”

Katy won’t “pay for play”: “I put my foot down very early in the courtship. I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand. I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print. I stuck to my position … I don’t even care if my contract leaks. … I have nothing to hide, basically.”

She won’t have a “wardrobe malfunction”: “Everything I’ve done in my career hasn’t been blatant this or that. It’s always with a wink. It’s a soft-serve sexiness. My intention is that everyone talks about the music and nothing else. … Sometimes you can’t control other people. But I will control myself.”

[From Chicago Tribune]

I don’t know, man. Katy doesn’t even know the meaning of feminism, so it bugs when she talks about being the strongest candidate for empowering women. She did successfully woo millions of grade-school girls into singing about wanting to see a “Peac*ock.” I guess that’s enough female empowerment for Katy. She’s so clueless, and the whole “soft-serve sexiness” part is hilarious. Because … whipped cream rack.

One silver lining: Lenny Kravitz (!) will share the stage with Katy. If she does to “Let Love Rule” what Fergie did to “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the gloves are off. At least we’ll have something nice to look at.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Oh, right, it was soft serve shooting out of your cupcake boobs. Okay. I feel more empowered already.

  2. Corinn says:

    GD, he’s gorgeous!!

    • jaye says:

      He can hang his mesh shirt on my doorknob any time he wants. Was that overtly sexual? I can never tell.

  3. PunkyMomma says:

    I’m here for Lenny.

  4. aims says:

    My ears can’t take Katy for ten minutes. Honestly,she sounds like a sea lion barking. The worst.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      Right? She can’t sing. Does the NFL know she can’t sing? Does that matter? She cant be auto tuned live can she? I think “singers who can’t sing” should be forever banned from the super bowl. Just sit down Katy, and let Lenny take over. She and JM deserve each other. gross.

  5. EC says:

    why can’t I stop rolling my eyes? John Mayer sure knows how to jump on the ladies when they have major public events coming up, no?

    • Charlotte says:

      Can I pretend that EC stands for Eddie Cibrian and you’re here doing LeAnn’s bidding, checking up on the feedback so she knows what to tweet next, but couldn’t resist commenting on the ridiculousness of Katy Perry mid-chore? ‘Cause I’m gonna.

      • EC says:

        Oh my gosh, please do! I personally think Leann is responsible for all her own trolling, but that theory is pretty hilarious :)

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Omg, I can’t resist the urge to pretend you’re Eddie Cibrian too. I hope that’s okay. ☺️

  6. Lucy says:

    Good thing is, she may actually learn a thing or two about what female empowerment really means, from none other than Lenny.

  7. InvaderTak says:

    She’s all about empowerment? Uh….no. I just want to watch a football game and see a decent artist perform. The Ray Rice situation is awful, no doubt. But come on you’re not going to erase or make up for it with a pop tart singing some hackneyed feminist song. I am reminded of the great Ouiser Boudreaux line, “this is football, nobody gives a d@mn about that…sh!t.” The players doing the domestic violence commercials was much more impactful.

    Also, what about the rumors that she’s going to debut a song that’s all about bashing Swifty? Because thats super feminist and empowering .

  8. Tiffany :) says:

    She’s not blatant? People talk about her music and nothing else? She is f*ckibg kidding me? She has to be!

    • Kitten says:

      I knew you would you say what I didn’t feel like saying.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Agreed. Not blatant = not a phrase I’d use to describe Katty Perry. Admittedly, I don’t like her music which lessens my tolerance for her vapidity but still. Blatant sexual appeal is a part of her public image and that’s okay. I was totally okay about Katy Perry (because she’s good at whole whimsical sexy thing), until I read her shallow statements on feminism and cultural approbation.

  9. MeloMelo says:

    Its like now they just use ‘feminism’ and ‘women empowerement’ just to remind everyone how hip they are.

  10. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    Yes, you silly twit, because the NFL is *all* about empowering women.
    (insert epic eyeroll here)

  11. Kiki04 says:

    I feel empowered already. No, wait – what the opposite of empowered?

  12. Carrie says:

    Beyonce last year, Katy this year. It keeps getting worse.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      Beyoncé didn’t perform at the Super Bowl last year–Bruno Mars did. And he was amazing. Beyoncé was the previous year, and her show was also good. Now, Madonna the year before Beyoncé…that’s a year I’ll never get back…

  13. Kiddo says:

    Yeah, because the Superbowl is and has always been ALL ABOUT female empowerment.

    ETA: Buzzword buzzword…and the problem is the problem that’s a problem.

  14. Otaku fairy says:

    I only know a few of her songs, I haven’t listened to that much Katy Perry music- I do like ET and Dark Horse- but I don’t know if she actually has any female empowerment songs. Either way, I don’t think that makes her more qualified to perform at the Super Bowl.

  15. Skins says:

    She is going to go over like a lead balloon when she starts her scream-singing at the Super Bowl.

    • Steamin' Sam says:

      Well hopefully her performance will be entirely lip-synced (thought I read somewhere they all are, due to acoustic issues in an arena that big, at the NFL’s insistence), so while still bad, not nearly as excruciating as her live voice.

  16. Lindy79 says:

    Lenny better bring his MA-HOOOOOOSIVE scarf game.

    Also, shut up Katy, any woman who repeatedly hangs out with walking chlamydia stream John Mayer by choice and not because of a) a dare b) you lost a bet or c) a hostage situation needs to hand back her Female Empowerment card.

  17. captain hero says:

    I can’t wait for Katy Perry to be a distant, embarrassing memory. Like limp bizkit.

  18. Sarah says:

    So John needs a PR distraction from the Giada talk, so he hops off his “look at my new mountain vehicle” trek and starts hitting up hotels and meeting KP even though they both have places in LA. He gets recognition for hooking up for a fourth time, then bonus for her gig at the Super Bowl. She’s either blind, stupid, or playing along for the PR.

  19. scout says:

    Any act is better than JT and Janet Jackson’s malfunctioning bra/Nipplegate, don’t you think?

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/nipple-ripples-10-years-of-fallout-from-janet-jacksons-halftime-show-20140130

  20. mar says:

    Katy is a fake. Sorry, but she is a walking oxymoron. Her stupid ex should never have made those super lame Taylor comments.

  21. saraghina77 says:

    I wish I owned Lenny’s seemingly sparkly chainmail shirt

    • k says:

      i wish i owned the shirt and the delicious man in it…:)
      he and keanu seem to age in reverse…
      oh lord…lenny and keanu… <3

  22. Lin says:

    …Cupcake boobs for the people, it empowers women!! It is known.

  23. annaloo. says:

    Because the shock of hearing my 6 year old niece belt out

    “Put your hanzz on me inmah skintai jeans be your teenage dream tonight”

    was the most female empowering moment I had ever experienced .

  24. lucy2 says:

    I agree that the performers should be paid for their work, and good for her for insisting on it, but beyond that, she’s full of it.

  25. Josefa says:

    God damn, I can’t stand her. She’s just so stupid! I swear, reading about her gives me a headache. I wouldn’t call many celebs bright, but Katy Perry is on another level of stupidity.

  26. Justaposter says:

    Wait a sec, I thought the NFL cried “we can’t afford to pay the halftime show” game, and told those in the running, they would have to pony up for it. Everyone balked, but Katy. She isn’t “ideal” she was just dumb enough to pay for her own show.

  27. melain says:

    Is this the NFLs idea of empowerment? It’s rather different than my own. But go hawks! Hopefully!

  28. Angelica says:

    She’s so fooiiiinnne! And completely stupid!