Monday, November 24, 2008

Music Review: I Kissed a Girl, by Katy Perry



Song: I Kissed a Girl
Artist: Katy Perry
Album: One of the Boys

WARNING: To all my Christian readers, to anyone who may be uncomfortable with this topic, I give you fair warning. Due to the nature of this song this review will deal with sexual and homosexual/lesbian issues. You may expect me to be as clean as I have always been on my blog, but consider yourself forewarned: this is adult material. Writing this review was more unpleasant than anticipated. This will not pretty.

Katy Perry, famous for "kissing a girl" on the airwaves, so-to-speak. Why has she taken our iPods by storm? (Check that, their iPods, not mine.)

For one, this song is catchy. I can see that Katy has a new, edgy style, perhaps even fresh (but I admit I'm a bit of a cave-dweller when it comes to these kind of things, so what's new to me could conceivably be decades old), and I can somewhat see why so many people have casually taken to this song (it's legendarily catchy, and the beat is strong), enough to annoy me quite a bit (Do I want this song in my head? No!!!). Focus on the Family's media review site, Plugged-In, called this song "almost maddeningly catchy".*

Secondly, the song seems to be...indicative of our culture. It's something we should have predicted, and, in a way, it's been a long time coming. It's immoral, it's lustful, it's sexual, it's homosexual. It's bad, people, it's just plain bad.

Let's bite the bullet and get into our analysis; it's looking like it's gonna be foul.

This was never the way I planned
Not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand
Lost my discretion
It's not what, I'm used to
Just wanna try you on
I'm curious for you
Caught my attention

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don't even know your name
It doesn't matter
You're my experimental game
Just human nature
It's not what, good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist, so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain't no big deal, it's innocent

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it



Taking a look at the lyrics, we see that even Katy herself has an at least slightly active conscience, "Lost my discretion...It felt so wrong/It felt so right...It's not what, good girls do/Not how they should behave", and we also see her confusion ("My head gets so confused/Hard to obey"), whether real or song-feinted. She apparently underestimates the gravity of her course of action ("No, I don't even know your name/It doesn't matter/You're my experimental game/Just human nature"), but makes the clear decision to follow her own desires with the ever-fatal "just try it" attitude ("It's not what, I'm used to/Just wanna try you on/I'm curious for you/Caught my attention.), and she obviously cares for little else but the gratification of said desires ("No, I don't even know your name/It doesn't matter").

Katy is apparently drunk (in the song) when she commits the act ("I got so brave/drink in hand"), yet she still is fully aware of what she is doing {"I kissed a girl and I liked it/I liked it."), at least enough to taste that cherry chapstick, right? As I said in my warning, the song has sensual themes, as she intones, "Us girls we are so magical/Soft skin, red lips, so kissable/Hard to resist, so touchable". By now I'm wondering if anyone else noticed the blatant lesbianism, or is it just me? Whether or not Katy is bisexual is beside the point; I call what I see here lesbianism.

If this wasn't enough the music video is a nasty sight to behold (I wouldn't recommend a viewing unless you too are Biblically-minded reviewer, and even then I'd give you a warning...). In the sexually-charged video we have more strong erotic overtones, which would be bad enough in their own right if they were just that, but no, again it's lesbian-themed, as all of them are women, all together, and Katy seems to enjoy this environment immensely. The viewer is greeted (Confronted?)with revealing clothing, suggestive moves and dances and suggestive camera shots as well. It looks more like something vaguely akin to a house of prostitution than anything else to me.... (While digging deeper tonight than I have for any review on this blog before, I came upon a picture of Katy and two other girls, and the photo was so debauched that I refuse to link it here even for illustration purposes. While it isn't nudity, it's extremely explicit nature gives it a classification of a form of pornography in my mind. I mention this to illustrate the scale of depravity we are dealing with here.)

The only male to appear in the video is perhaps her "boyfriend", when, at the end of the video, she lays down beside him as he sleeps, and, after falling asleep herself and then waking up, she realizes he's there, and lays her head back down with a bit of what I'd call a "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" sort of look on her face (a reference perhaps to his lack of knowledge of her little escapade, "I hope my boyfriend don't mind it").

What many rightfully horrified believers may not realize is that Katy Perry used to be known as Katy Hudson, and Katy Hudson...well, years ago, she used to be a "Christian singer." Wait a minute, did you just hear that right? Yep, you did. Sweet sixteen and brand new on the music scene, she released a self-titled album in the Christian music community in 2001.

The full details of this issue will possibly remain forever unknown to the public at large, but I for one see some problems with the church if things like this can happen (not that we all haven't seen them before). A customer reviewer on Amazon.com ("J. Lynch") for her first, long-ago album brings up an interesting point: "Was Katy sincere in her songwriting for this album, or was she just using Christian music as a vehicle to try and break into the industry in general?"**

We've seen this before, CCM artists going AWOL, but whether or not this is true, it doesn't comfort me too much to see that someone like this could have flown under the radar so easily, if indeed this was only a stepping stone for her. (Echoed by another concerned writer here: "It's a curious thing, that a girl who was obviously engaging in rebellious behavior got a Christian record deal in the first place. Either she's a great actress or a lot of people in the industry looked the other way.")***

Either that, or something changed. Whichever it is, things are simply not right here, and it's a sad and almost painful thing to behold for a loving believer like me. As other reviewers have said, "Pray this prodigal finds her way home."**** and "The one thing I hope is that if she ever wants to find her way back to the faith of her youth, the Christian community can welcome her back with open arms. We've all been lost and found, and let's not ever forget that."***** Amen to that. This young lady needs some prayers like darts!

As I am writing this I am reminded of a girl I once knew. She either was bisexual, or she fell into the death trap of homosexuality before my eyes. I'm not sure if she always was a homosexual and will never know (if she turned, there's a good reason to believe another lesbian helped bring her into it), but eventually the closet opened and I saw her as such, tainted by all the hideous ugliness. It wasn't a comforting spectacle to behold. I wonder, did Katy follow a similar path?

Such acts would have incurred a death sentence in the days of the Old Testament, and although such behavior doesn't come with such a penalty today, either way it means death. For if it is not physical death in the olden days, it is spiritual death for today.... Dear God, save Katy Perry.


Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22 (KJV)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)


"Ain't no big deal, it's innocent." With all due respect to you, Miss Perry, I strongly disagree.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.


Endnotes:

*A Tale of Two Katys,by Adam R. Holz, Plugged-In.com, July 7, 2008 (http://www.pluggedinonline.com/read/read/a0004141.cfm)

**Katy Hudson, by Katy Hudson, Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Katy-Hudson/dp/B00005OW88)

***Katy Perry, Christian recording artist?, by Joanne Brokaw, Beliefnet.com, Monday June 23, 2008 (http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2008/06/katy-perry-christian-recording.html)

****Katy Perry: One of the Boys, by Adam R. Holz and Bob Smithouser, Plugged-In.com (http://www.pluggedinonline.com/music/music/a0004216.cfm)

*****Katy Perry, Christian recording artist?, by Joanne Brokaw, Beliefnet.com, Monday June 23, 2008 (http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2008/06/katy-perry-christian-recording.html)

23 comments:

olde.fashioned said...

I never did like cherry chapstick, anyway. O.o

duva said...

Haha, you should have seen the look of amazement upon my face as I saw this picture at the top of your blog today. For a second I almost thought you were hacked or something ;) but then I saw the review and it all made a bit more sense.

Lizzy Brown said...

First thing that came to mind was "and the importance of addressing an obviously pagan and perverted song is what?" then, upon reading further, I saw a reason doubly good enough. So, she use to record for the Christian public. I appreciate your fortitude in writing this review... most people would shy away from the task. I have a feeling, that as you said, we have quite a few things in common. Our moral and Christian fiber for one. I support your stand here completely. I'm uncertain which is more frightening per her spiritual state; that she no longer writes in the Christian realm, or that she once did. :|

Lady Neferankh said...
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Rebecca said...

Spencer - Hooray, let us join together in hatred for this song! Though not for the same reasons, you won't be surprised to hear.

Besides that it's just a terrible song, I think, if you look at the lyrics from another perspective, it's really degrading to various classes of people. I'll skip the analysis of how insulting it is to LGB people, since I'm sure you'd agree with the sentiment expressed there - but look at how degrading it is to women. The girl that the narrator kisses doesn't get a name (the narrator says it doesn't even matter) or a personality - she's just an "experiment," a body instead of a person. As if there wasn't enough of a problem with men doing that to women!

I also suspect, from my limited knowledge of the song and the scene, that it might have to do with women who make out with other women in clubs and such, because it excites men. And doing things because other people want you to is never a healthy expression of sexuality.

I also read the lyrics about how pretty girls are as further objectifying women, rather than as expressing same-sex attraction.

But then again, of course, I'm looking at it through a totally different lens. (I say "looking at" intentionally, I've heard it once and have no desire to do so again.)

(And those might not be the best passages to cite as a prohibition on lesbianism. ;D)

Lady Neferankh - possibly Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash? ("I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die")

Rebecca said...

(Also, given one of Ms. Perry's other songs - I think it's called "You're So Gay," it's basically about how guys who listen to classical music or read books or wear nice clothing are gay, even if they aren't attracted to other guys - I don't think she has the highest opinion of homosexuality either!)

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Thanks for your comments all!

duva: Lol, seriously, that's hilarious. :-D

Lizzy Brown: "and the importance of addressing an obviously pagan and perverted song is what?" Haha, I thought about that too, but wanted to "come out" against it anyways; and as it turned out it was much more stimulating than I thought....

Lady Neferankh: Nail slammed on head!

Rebecca: but look at how degrading it is to women What I hate with a passion...the Hefnerian worldview. I'll skip the analysis of how insulting it is to LGB people, since I'm sure you'd agree with the sentiment expressed there Huh?


Spencer

Rebecca said...

Huh?
...meaning, I won't go into how the song says that "good girls" don't kiss other girls, because I get the impression that you agree with that sentiment...

guitargirl said...

Hey. It's kind of interesting you wrote a review on thi song. It's hard to imagine that a song like this could be this popular. You hear parents talking about how their kids behave and they just don't understand why, but they don't take a second to look at the CDs they're buying them. Probably the best thing my mom ever did for me was pulling the plug on a radio station I listened to when I was 13that played this kind of music.
The first time I heard about this girl my initial thoughts were "I need to pray for her." It seems she's always on the newspage doing something gross.
I'm Christian, but I try not to live in the Christian bubble, so I can see how messages the media gives to girls would lead Katy to belive that this sort of behavior is okay. So in a way I almost think; there, but for the grace of God go I. She'll be in my prayers.
You seem pretty honest in your music reviews and you seem to like chick rock (Ah, you have good taste my good sir ;)) do you have a review on Fully Alive by Flyleaf if you have that album? I've heard some of their songs on the radio (All Around Me, I'm So Sick, ect.) those songs are Christian, but I'm not sure if they're actually a Christian band, or just a band saying their Christian. I'd like to eventually get this album is why I was wondering. Ttyl!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

because I get the impression that you agree with that sentiment

Oh, well in that case yes....

So in a way I almost think; there, but for the grace of God go I.

Huh?

As to Flyleaf, I've heard of them but have not actually heard a song.

And as to "chick rock"...you aren't the first person to say that. :-P

Spencer

guitargirl said...

I guess what I meant by that we'd all be in such a bad place if it wasn't for God.
LOL! Okay, but you've got good taste in music then ;)

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

I guess what I meant by that we'd all be in such a bad place if it wasn't for God.

Ah, definitely! Knowing my own weaknesses and shortcomings, thinking of what I might have turned out as without my God is enough to...well, you get the picture. It ain't pretty, huh?

guitargirl said...

Yup, I'm pretty sure we'd all say that if we were honest with ourselves. Anyways, good review! :)

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Thank you miss. :-D

Mada said...

Katy Perry...*shudders*. Apparently she's not that popular with the mainstream music critics either, but for reasons musical, not lyrical (though I think some did object to her lyrics).

RKor said...

I think you need to chill about the subject. People have there beliefs and you need to respect that. Its nothing against you I just think your overreacting a bit.

RKor

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

RKor: Well, I take a scriptural view of things so I stand by what I said. I respect people at all times (I used the word "lady" to describe Miss Perry, by the way), but that doesn't mean I don't disagree with their paths. OTOH, other people believe in raping and killing--I know you that's not what you said, but it still makes a small point.

So, you like cryptozoology? You should blog about it! I love that subject.

Spencer

Rob said...

Yeah I probably should. I love the idea of animals out there yet to be discovered. Many people don't realize that much of the world is yet to be inhabited by humans. Their is a whole section of the Amazon that hasn't been touched by human beings. I mean who knows what could be in there. It is mind boggling. Plus the most of the oceans of the world are still relatively untouched because submarines and underwater devices are still very limited. With the way technology has been progressing over the years, it wouldn't surprise me if hundreds of new species are discovered over the next 30-50 years, It is a fascinating subject.

RKor

Rob said...

Oh by the way, I may have commented under a different name. I have two blogs. My bad Spencer!

RKor

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Many people don't realize that much of the world is yet to be inhabited by humans. Their is a whole section of the Amazon that hasn't been touched by human beings. I mean who knows what could be in there. It is mind boggling. Plus the most of the oceans of the world are still relatively untouched because submarines and underwater devices are still very limited.

HAHA! I love to find people who agree. So many people are just clueless about this issue....

RKor said...

Exactly! You would think that people would be more aware of this but they are not. Its like the scientific community blinds people when it comes to that. The proof is there for some of these creatures but because we haven't pulled in an actual body they won't believe it.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Its like the scientific community blinds people when it comes to that.

Ah...the beaten dead horse. :-/ * is discontent *

RKor said...

I see you like quoting me. I get that a lot lol! Seriously though people don't realize the potential cryptozoology really has.

Rob K