Katy Perry is currently a mess. As the Observer recently pointed out, she has been throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, including pretending to be bisexual, pretending to be hypersexualized, donning ridiculous new hair styles, etc. Now that she appears to be entering Christina Aguilera Bionic levels of flopping, Perry is suddenly claiming to be depressed and suicidal.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are no laughing matter, but Perry’s sudden issues shouldn’t be used as a method to promote herself in order to sell records or as a way to make people feel sorry for her because of a self-inflicted backlash. Those who truly suffer mental illness absolutely have a right to call Perry and other pop stars out for constantly doing this. However, what makes Perry’s latest proclamations even more problematic is the fact that she didn’t need to go down the self-victimization pathway in order to sell her latest album Witness. For the most part, it’s a solid album that should have been able to speak for itself.
Unfortunately, Witness has received some nasty reviews. One critic says the album’s ballads have the appeal of a spectacular failure, while another says the album is flat and sluggish. And those are some of the nicer things being said. However, it also needs to be said that critics of Witness are not being objective; they are jumping on the Katy Perry backlash bandwagon. Unfortunately, this is a ride that has legitimacy due to Perry’s constant PR and artistic mistakes. But it’s also important to be objective when judging a collection of music….
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