"Firework," Katy Perry's latest video, is one of those this-is-an-anthem-for-the-underdogs kind of clips. It's all about letting your light shine and whatnot. But the song is terrible, the "victims" are clichéd, and the whole thing feels like an infomercial.
Here's the video, if you haven't seen it. She is really really trying! Lyrics like "after a hurricane comes a rainbow" and "do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again" and "boom boom boom even brighter than the moon moon moon" will make you feel something — it might be joy; it might be heartburn. Just because she's dedicating the video to the It Gets Better project doesn't mean it's any good.
We all know this concept — celebrating the downtrodden — was executed much, much better when it was used in Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful."