How Katy Perry Can Help You

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"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.

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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."

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DISCUSSION

I bought her Teenage Dream CD the first week it came out. Listened to this song everyday since I bought it. It's AWESOME!

Jezebel, I love your site, I really do, but you give Katy Perry so much shit. Why? Sure she's not serious, and stuff explodes off her bra. But you know what, I've had a fucking horrible year. Horrible. Listening to her peppy pop songs make me happy and dance. If that makes me a dumbass teenager, fine, but I like her, the song, and the video.

We can't be serious and like important things 24/7. Don't you have one guilty pleasure? Like damn, it's not that serious to hate her so much. Even I couldn't stand California Girls at first, yet I bought her CD because I liked other songs.

Oh and to ones saying do kids really like this, um yea, we do. Doesn't make us any less human. Hello didn't your generation do coke and wear shoulder pads?