Despite all of Katy Perry’s promises, there were no dropped jaws or melted faces over last night’s Super Bowl halftime show. Maybe over the on-field fight between players, sure. That unprofessional display of machismo nearly melted my face in disbelief.
Some of Katy’s assurances did come true. She did deliver the lions and sharks, sort of. The lion was a giant “robot,” and the sharks were her backup dancers. She managed to pull off a flashy show full with (four) costume changes, but she got upstaged by Missy Elliot’s awesomeness. Katy performed “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” “I Kissed a Girl” (with hot Lenny Kravitz), “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls,” “Get Your Freak On” and “Lose Control” (with Missy), and “Firework.” If you missed it, here’s the full video. Then let’s discuss.
Katy’s lyrics were fully pre-recorded, as was the music. You may have noticed Lenny Kravitz miming all his slick guitar moves without plugging in his guitar. Last year, The Red Hot Chili Peppers faced criticism for the same thing. Flea explained, “the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.” Everyone lip syncs and pretends to play instruments. All one big, happy illusion.
On Twitter, a lot of people made fun of Katy’s weird props. She looked like she was riding NBC’s “the more you know” star during “Firework.” The dancing palm trees, beachballs, and sharks were ridiculous. But I saw many on Twitter patting Katy on the back. She aimed to entertain and mostly succeeded. Katy also didn’t appropriate any cultures, which is a major accomplishment for her.
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