Katy Perry is all the buzz, with her new single "I Kissed a Girl" flying up to #2 on the ITunes chart this week. Her last single was a kiss-off to self-absorbed metrosexual boyfriends called "You're So Gay (and You Don't Even Like Boys)," so, obviously she's comfortable in her wheelhouse of edgy, gender-bending pop.
But this isn't really new and doesn't have the edge that "Frankie Goes to Hollywood" brought to the scene in the mid-eighties, or that David Bowie pioneered long before that. And, geez, Madonna (who apparently thinks Perry is great, FWIW) kissed Britney on stage way back in 03. Heck, even the recent pop girl duo Tatu had a whole "are they/aren't they?" vibe that I never saw resolved.
I don't know that this even classifies as "gay pop" as I'm sure the intended audience is much broader and straighter than that. With lines like "I tasted her cherry chapstick," who are they kidding? The video is, of course, a glam, soft core fantasy that ends in the familiar and tired motif: "It was all just a dream... or was it?"
Rock/pop videos should be hot. This just seems too easy to be truly controversial.
Let me ask, though. Does this male-fantasy-driven-pop-lesbianism do anything for gay rights? Or is it just a distraction?
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