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Monday, December 6, 2010

Katy Perry's "Firework" Shines

Let me start this blog by saying that I have not been a fan of Katy Perry in the past. In fact, her first album infuriated me and made me loath her. I thought she was totally cashing in on the queer community by releasing “I Kissed a Girl” and then also tearing them down in offensive songs like “You’re so Gay”. Besides that, she’s not a great live singer so for the most part I wanted nothing to do with her. However, after she released this video, my mind is beginning to change.

There are so many great things about this video. I love the message that there is something beautiful inside of everyone, and that they have something to contribute to the world they live in. I love that there was a body positive plot line in the video, because bodies are so rarely celebrated in the way that this character was able to embrace herself, and therefore her fireworks erupted. The queer couple also took my breath away, and gave me hope that Perry may have realized the negative impact her first album might have had on the queer community. Especially after the recent wave of teen suicides relating to homosexuality, the message of the song and the inclusion of a gay couple really hit home for me, and I’m sure others around the world. Finally, the little girl who portrayed a cancer patient was a stunning highlight to the video, showing that even with an ill body her spirit and heart were still shining.

I really applaud Katy Perry for this video. I hope that she continues to use her fame and music to illustrate positive messages to the fans who follow her.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure this song is about sex. "Make um go UGH UGH UGH" "shoot across the sky-uh-uh" "let your colors burst"