Everything's coming up Katy Perry lately: just a few days after performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, the pop megastar is on the cover of Elle, and dishing her thoughts on her megastar colleagues.
When asked what pop stars would be characters in soap operas, Perry replied, "There always have to be characters. As pop figures, we're all characters. And the media uses that. Who is the sweetheart, who is the villain? You know. [Taylor Swift]'s the sweetheart. [Kanye West]'s the villain. That's the narrative." This is an interesting answer, largely because of her recent feud with Swift that was sorta-chronicled in the 1989 tune "Bad Blood"; there's a theory floating around, too, that Perry's dancers donning high-waisted bikinis during the Super Bowl performance was a shot at Taylor's preferred beach style.
So maybe this is Perry taking a shot at Swift's own participation in the pop-star-industrial-complex (which is, to say the least, a tad hypocritical)—but, even if it is, Perry's speaking some truth to power here, as Kanye was unfairly demonized after his admittedly silly "I'mma let you finish" moment with Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. So, yeah, these issues are typically complicated to talk out, and Perry's right in asserting that the media favors clean, straightforward narratives as opposed to in-depth analyses of watercooler-worthy events. On a lighter note, though: Perry says in the same interview that when she performed at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Adele stole her burrito. "He came to a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in England and stole my after-show burrito. She's like [heavy British accent], 'How the fuck did you get a burrito in England?'" Adele: I was in London for literally three months, and I found places to get burritos. It's not hard.
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