Dear Ms. Perry:
How do I say this nicely?
You’re boring me.
I know, I know.
We live in a celebrity culture.
No such thing as bad publicity, and all that.
So now we’re supposed to be all bent out of shape because your “Dark Horse” video features a guy getting burned. Among other jewelry, the guy is wearing a pendant bearing the name of God in Arabic “Allah.”
OOOOOOH, so provocative! [Read that in sarcasm font.]
While we are at it, since when do clichés of ancient Egyptians look like the lovechild of Pharaonic times with the Smurfs? Or when did pre-Islamic Egyptians wear “Allah” necklaces…in Arabic? But never mind…. I suppose it would be too much to expect coherence here. I forgot, this is all pseudo-Orientalist kitsch.
Yes, somebody made a petition to get the video off of Youtube, and some 50,000 Muslims signed it.
I know we are supposed to be outraged, and act all “crazy Muslim” about it.
I’m not impressed. Not even impressed enough to sign the petition.
Forgive us for caring about other things, like 100,000 human beings being slaughtered in Syria.
Forgive us for caring about Palestinians running out of food in refugee camps.
Forgive us for caring about murder of black men in this country because they are listening to music, or walking around with a hoodie
Forgive us for caring about children and grandmothers being blown up by American drones.
Forgive us for caring about 49 million Americans now living below the poverty line.
Forgive us for caring about one out of every five people on this planet living on a dollar a day.
So yeah, you’re boring me.
These pseudo-controversies bore me, and are merely a distraction from the real task that confronts all of us.
And while I am at it, I thought you were mildly entertaining in the “I kissed a girl” thing (even with its faux-Lesbian undertone), kind of cool in “E.T.” (minus the Kanye nonsense of “I’mma disrobe you then I’mma probe you” misogynist shit). The rest of your music has been, well, kinda mediocre (even if some of your politics are kinda cool).
So you go on trying to raise controversy and sell records.
The rest of us have serious work to do, to bring some healing into this wounded little planet.
Nothing to see here people.