Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 20th, 2017
In yet another example of Democrats not thinking of the repercussions of their actions, Katy Perry found herself on the outs in China.
Pop singer Katy Perry will miss China’s first-ever Victoria’s Secret fashion show this week because she’s been indefinitely banned from the country.
Perry was scheduled to appear at the fashion event, and had even been approved to visit China – until authorities learned that she had performed at a 2015 show while wearing a gold dress covered with sunflowers, a symbol of Taiwan, Page Six reports:
“While she initially was informed that she’d be able to gain access, the decision apparently was reversed after the government caught wind of a controversial incident from 2015, in which Perry wore a bright, glittery dress with sunflowers on it during a performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
“Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.
“To drive her point home, Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert in a show of support for the country, which has been butting heads with China for years over its independence.”
Many view China, which while is has a controlled capitalist economy, is a Communist regime. There is no civilian court system, all crimes are tried by a military tribunal.
Given Katy’s history of diarrhea of the mouth, it’s probably best she keep far, far away from China…
For her own sake.
In other news about the imploding has-been pop star, SFGate reports that the singer is struggling simply to remain relevant in today’s pop music scene.
Freelance writer Emma Silvers chimes in on the demise of Katy’s career…
Still, even as Perry charged gamely through older hits as well as “Chained to the Rhythm,” “Bon Appetit” and “Deja Vu” — singles from “Witness,” her fifth studio album filled with dancehall tunes, and her least commercially successful album to date — the show had the medley-like whiff of something almost ready for Las Vegas. Which is to say, pop star retirement. And that was before she donned the crystal Cher/Cleopatra-like wig.
Of course, not all of this is Perry’s fault. The world was a different place in 2007, when she first arrived on the scene as a Christian girl gone bad, all cleavage and camp and cherry Chap-Sticked bi-curiosity for show.
It’s harder to get away with pure fluff for fluff’s sake in 2017, and Perry isn’t the only pop star scrambling to understand how to be relevant in our current climate, to calculate what kind of self-reinvention will be both bankable and in tune with the dull hum of fear and anger that much of America has experienced over the past year.
From her performative political “wokeness” to her cringe-inducing class-clown act as this year’s MTV Video Music Awards host, it has, perhaps, felt more awkward to watch her try than just about any other pop figure.
But her inconsistency is also a testament to her mere mortal-ness — which, in a landscape of careful celebrity #branding, occasionally makes it endearing too. Before her South Bay concert, Perry Instagrammed a photo of a “Buddhist thought a day” book with the caption “resonate.” Five hours later she was gyrating under giant salt and pepper shakers while singing a song whose chorus includes this lyric: “Got me spread like a buffet.”
Then she called her mom from a giant prop phone, and her mom told her that her grandfather was from San Francisco, and also said something about Jesus being the original startup. But the biggest cheer of the night arrived when Perry performed an onstage gender reveal for a pregnant couple who had made the request via a cardboard sign. The singer added pensively that “this person might additionally reveal their gender later on in life.”
Perry is maybe a little confused, but she is learning, and it seems like she’s willing to throw everything she has out there until she scores. What we’ve witnessed with “Witness,” in the meantime, is an airball.
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