Katy Perry is ‘proud’ of her $25 million paycheck: ‘As a woman, I got paid’

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A few days ago, Katy Perry confirmed that she’s going to be a judge on the newly rebooted American Idol, which will be on ABC now (not Fox). While I don’t watch those singing competition shows, I know that it’s a good move for many rock stars and pop stars to sign on to judge those things. Jennifer Lopez’s judging gig on the now-defunct version of AI revitalized her career at the time. Blake Shelton is now a massive country-crossover star because of his gig on The Voice. Gwen Stefani’s career has been revitalized too, and on and on. So, I don’t hate that Katy Perry negotiated her way into a historic paycheck for the new AI: she’s apparently getting $25 million to be the competition’s lead judge. TMZ reported that Katy had “all the leverage” because ABC needed a huge name to announce ahead of their Upfronts, and that Katy rejected an offer of $20 million before ABC pleaded with her to take $25 million. For comparison, J.Lo got $15 million a season when she was on AI. And Katy’s proud that she negotiated her way into such a great paycheck too. When asked about it during a radio interview yesterday, this is what Katy said:

“I’m really proud that, as a woman, I got paid. And you know why? I got paid like more than like pretty much any guy that’s been on that show. And, by the way, I love men. So I’m a paid woman and I’m ready for a beautiful man. I really wanted to join this show at the right time. I always have. We’ve always been in negotiations for several years—it’s never been right, but now when they kind of like brought it to a new home…it’s perfect. I’m going to be the same judge I’ve always been and I’m not judgy. I [give] constructive criticism. The reality is I am polite, but firm and I am super realistic.”

[From E! News]

I’m proud of her for getting paid too. Good for you, Katy. My first reaction was to wonder how many dudes she has negotiating on her behalf, but that’s neither here nor there. Katy would have been the one to decide to walk away when they offered her $20 million, and she was probably advised by her manager and lawyers and everybody that she should just accept their offer.

Also: the conservative media is having a field day with another interview from Katy, where she was asked about the Manchester terrorist attack. She said:

“I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it. Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

[From Rolling Stone]

As I said, conservative media is in full meltdown mode because she dared to say “no borders.” Like, Katy is not an elected official. She’s not running for office. She’s not advising any elected official. She’s a pop star reacting to a terrorist attack at a pop music concert and she’s trying to offer a message of peace and coexistence. And now she’s going to have to deal with a million Russian-bot MAGA Twitter accounts screaming at her for days.

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  1. PIa says:

    Not to sound catty…but I think her star is on the decline, it might be a valley in her overall career graph though.

    Not her biggest fan music-wise, but I think she has to continually release her catchy bubble-gum pop to sustain herself in the music landscape, and maybe that is why her current songs aren’t doing so well.

    • Anna says:

      Her last album was her most successful. Wasn’t her best but it had the hits. I wonder how she flopped so hard. Actually, no I don’t. She had all the best producers at her feet. I think she just got a little cocky and complacent. Lazy music by the chainsmokers and the like maybe made her think she could just release utter crap like “chained to the rhythm”. I like the concept because for Katy it’s as deep as you’re going to get (not that it’s an original concept and anyone that isn’t rich is very aware of this “bubble” we live in. Especially millennials who are growing to their 30s now and are realizing that OH CRAP THEY’RE 30. 30 AND they can’t afford to have families due to the crappy economy. because they’re nearly 29 and still living at home and can’t get a decent job so they take drugs to have some kind of meaning in their lives.

      Katy needs to realise she’s a woman in this crappy sexist industry. She’s in her early 30s and now needs to try even harder and compensate for the wave of sexism you face when you’re not a “young” girl anymore by our horrible media’s standards for women. Chainsmokers get away with it because they’re $uckboys. I actually think she’s pretty talented. She created a cute pop-rock genre when she started out. Nobody else really sounded like her. She’s better than taylor swift any day. I hope she redeems herself because I really love that she stood for Hilary. She has her moments. I think she’s very smart but also incredibly ignorant.

      • Bridget says:

        I thought Teenage Dream was her most successful – Prism didn’t sell that many albums, and while Roar and Dark Horse were huge it still didn’t match both the size and breadth of Teenage Dream’a singles. I find Perry herself grating, but acknowledge that she put together a pretty great pop album with that.

    • Saks says:

      I think she destroyed her career trying to be edgy, which is weird given the fact that she actually makes good pop songs

    • Ozogirl says:

      I agree, I’m not a fan, but this album spells FLOP. She looks terrible, the songs are crap, and she doesn’t know when to shut her trap. Same thing happened to Gaga with Artpop.

  2. Lofi says:

    I like Katy so good for her, she should be getting paid well.

  3. Rosie says:

    I can’t get over how bad she looks with that awful hair..

  4. Bridget says:

    For every Adam Levine or Blake Shelton who hit it big as a reality host/judge, you have a Mariah Carey or Ellen DeGeneres who totally flame out. It’s a gamble – not only does the show have to hit, but you have to be a hit on the show. In fact, I would say that JLo’s biggest contributing factor to her continuing success isn’t her stint on American Idol (which did nothing for her musical career which at this point is DOA) but her continued willingness to hustle. She’s always got irons in the fire.

    The thing that sticks out to me about Katy’s deal is that she’s got a steady gig. Does this mean that she’s ready to step away from the grind of touring?

    • jannab says:

      and honestly adam or blake alone might not have been as successful, it’s the combination of them together that took off. they’ve always been together.

  5. Lin says:

    “I got paid” She sure did. Good for her.

  6. Zondie says:

    I really like her new haircut. She seems to be having fun with it.

  7. Tiffany says:

    You know, both statements, I see nothing wrong. Where is the offense.

    You know, I do not want to say all conservatives are looking for shock or to complain, but….come on.

  8. QueenB says:

    As a woman I think she is talking gibberish.

    Taylor Swifts feminism was high bro compared to hers.

    • anon says:

      Agree with you there. She appears to actually believe the nonsense about feminism being the domain of man-hating lesbians. sigh.

    • Jen says:

      “I love men”

      because she feels the need to placate the people who are afraid she’s turning into a radical, emasculating, man-hating feminist *insert eye-roll* it’s pretty clear she buys into that bullshit, too

  9. littlemissnaughty says:

    Hell yeah she got paid, good for her. I’m just wondering how “I love men” figures into that topic. Ugh.

  10. kate says:

    She annoys me to no end and her music is terrible but I won’t hate on a woman getting a well deserved paycheck. That hair though – I will hate on it all day.

  11. Andrea says:

    I think this show might be a good step, it might attract an older audience. I personally can’t stand her. I find her extremely annoying. It worked for Jennifer Lopez because she’s charming and has great style. Her short hair is horrible. What a bad look. Katy please grow it out. At least to a Scarlet Johanson length.

  12. Cheryl says:

    Good for her for getting the paycheck. I don’t think that anyone deserves this much but if they are paying out men and women should be paid the same and she made sure that this happened. As for the “I love men”. What does that have to do with anything? As for the “no borders”. Do people really believe that? Like there should be no borders between Mexico and the USA or no borders anywhere and people could just move to whenever they wanted – like just get on a plane and go no papers no passport etc.? Like seriously is this a thing or is she just talking and doesn’t know what she is saying. She just sounds is dumb :-/ Feeling sorry for her this talking to promote her new album is just going downhill she should probably quit now before she looks even worse.

  13. Tessy says:

    What’s that ridiculous word salad even supposed to mean? She must be channeling her inner Sarah Palin. Lol.