Katy Perry Faces Feminist Boycott

Without a doubt, Katy Perry‘s video for ‘Part Of Me’ is one 2012’s more ‘thought out’ visuals.

Heralded for its intense theme and the star’s riveting performance in it, the clip has found itself at the centre of controversy this week.

Because, despite being welcomed by her fans, it has been criticized by the feminist Naomi Wolf.

Find out why below…

According to Wolf:

The video is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines.

I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it. It is truly shameful… I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked – if you are as offended as this glorification of violence as I am.

Gleinn Selig of The Publicity Agency countered with:

In her efforts to boycott the video Naomi Wolf has brought more attention to it,’ he said. 

Without her comments, most people would clearly have seen the military simply as a metaphor and not as an attempt by Katy Perry to glamorise the military or war.

Though Wolf may be reading too much into the clip, we do understand why some find it to be frustrating.

For, following the mold of many pieces that claim to ’empower women’, conventional femininity and strength are often presented as parallel traits, never allowed to meet.

In the video. the scorned Perry strips herself of her hair, her breasts,going onto hide her figure in a grey hoodie, all before joining the marines.

This, supporting the  the idea that women must be butch and almost boyish in appearance for them to be strong- synonymizing power with masculinity.

Which we’d say isn’t empowering at all.

But what do you think?

Weigh in below…



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  1. Lax March 30, 2012

    It’s a metaphor, dang always something, always.

  2. ROCFLOP March 30, 2012

    First Sam how much sucking up did you have to do to get Melody on the splash?
    After dissing her National anthem performance?
    Is that why comments are off?
    Anyway, Katy perry illuminati devil worshipper, promoting invasion of Africa and mass killings. Stupid girl

  3. lol March 30, 2012

    this b**** cant sing

  4. 12345 March 30, 2012

    it is a propaganda video and it does glorify the army.

    pure shame

  5. nothing new March 30, 2012

    ALL VIDEOS are propaganda. Party videos, war videos, robot videos ETC are all propaganda meant to brainwash and desensitize the general population.

  6. mobwife March 30, 2012

    OMG, Naomi Wolf can kiss my A$$!

    Art is art and if it’s not your cup of tea……stop sippin’ on it! Katy Perry, if the no good, lowlife, man-hating femiNAZI’s of America are against you, you have just become my new FAVORITE! 🙂

    **opens iTUNES account and purchases one copy of her latest CD & single! 🙂

  7. YOOSONDALOOSE March 30, 2012

    Pure advertising and S***!

  8. mobwife March 30, 2012

    After watching this video I will say it again, Naomi Wolf can kiss my A$$! This video is not glorifying anything but a woman taking control of her life. She wouldn’t be the 1st to join the military after feeling rejected. Are there any “AMEN” fan’s in the house?…LOL Remember when Thema – after being jilted by the Rev yet again – joined the Army? 🙂

    Whatever feminists put a sock in it!

  9. J March 30, 2012

    I actually thought about the propaganda thing when I watched it. Has anyone seen “Act of Valor?” it looks exactly like this video did lol. It’s basically a Navy commercial that is two hours long.

    Anyway, I like the theme but am a bit skeptical

  10. GAGATHEQUEENOFPOP March 30, 2012

    Katy Perry has no talent and she cannot hold even a single note

  11. ugly ass perry March 30, 2012

    That Is her impact on people

  12. Lurker March 30, 2012

    Ironically the first thing I thought of when I watched this video was how insulted I’d be if I were a marine. As if Katy Perry has any understanding of how difficult boot camp is.

  13. Greg March 30, 2012

    Katy’s so dumb…
    Why didn’t she just stick to something silly, fun, and cute like her other videos?
    Especially when all her songs are vapid


  14. LTM March 31, 2012

    lol boycotting Katy Perry. Good luck with that

  15. nicole April 2, 2012

    I think that people just need to calm their tits. I joined the military as an escape from a life i HATED and i LOVE It now. people do that in REAL life. Boycotting a video won’t do s***, and I don’t see how it is feminist at ALL. It tells a true story and I don’t see how it can offend anyone. it is an opinion. And if YOU don’t like it, DON’T WATCH IT.

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