Katy Perry's latest album has been out for ten months now, so naturally, it's time for a new music video.
The "How We Do" video features Perry, the world's oldest 13 year-old, doing what she does best: bopping about to a jaunty pop beat in cuh-razy but sexy costumes while displaying cultural and racial insensitivity.
To be fair, as far as Katy Perry videos go, this one is much lower on the problematic scale than usual. So maybe she's learning? Katy Perry is almost able to make a vapid, fun music video without reverting to stereotypes or cutesy but distasteful references to other cultures.
And before you have a chance to say it, I will: Obviously Katy Perry doesn't give a damn. Duh. She isn't even able to wrap her mind around the concept of cultural appropriation, so I don't expect anything resembling awareness from her. But maybe a little positive reinforcent will help. Almost, Katy. Almost.
But you know she had to go there.
Perhaps "How We Do" is an homage to rapper The Game's 2004 jam. Maybe that's why Perry feels the need to repeatedly throw up peace signs and cock her neck in a bubblegum version of chucking the deuces. And I will chose to believe that the watermelon is a truly regretable oversight.
It seems that one of the best ways to enjoy a Katy Perry song is to not listen to the lyrics. Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky and picked up on this inane line: "Now we're talking astrology, getting our nails did all Japanese-y."
Mind you, this lyric is sung while a bunch of koi-looking fish swim about. I mean, what does that even mean? As far as I know, Japanese isn't a type of manicure. Does she mean Japanese people are doing her nails, because those men would suggest otherwise.
"Japanese-y" is another instance of Katy Perry trying to be cute and clever and it's plain unnecessary. The appeal of Katy Perry's music ain't the lyrics. We all know that. To be honest, it almost doesn't even matter what she's saying, so why does it have to be something that stupid?
Katy Perry's use of thot — a term ("that ho out there") popularized by rappers — just feels desperate.
As does her hairstyle — this new trend created by Kendall Jenner called cornrows. Not to mention her manufactured baby hairs. (If you don't know what baby hairs are, you probably don't have them.)
See, this is the shit that gets her in trouble. The hair and the nails and the "sassy" pursing of the lips. We know what she's doing. Doesn't Katy Perry get tired of pushing caricatures of black women?
Finally, I'll just leave this right here:
You'll find this photo under the definition of "trying too hard" and "black people are not costumes."
I have to say, the video isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but there's always something with this one. I don't know if she does this shit because she's unaware, thinks it's funny, wants to be down or genuinely doesn't care if she's rude or offensive. Whatever it is, it needs to stop.