Last week we got our first look at Katy Perry’s latest music video for her single, Part Of Me. There is obviously a very strong theme of a relationship ending in the lyrics of the song (which is why it sparked conversation about its relevance to Katy’s divorce from Russell Brand), but the video tells the story quite clearly. The most prominent theme in the music video is the U.S. Marines, which already ruffled some feathers. Huffington Post is now reporting that feminist women are boycotting Katy and this song because her video is propaganda for the Marines Corps and glorifies violence.
If you didn’t catch the music video last week, check it out here again…
Feminist author Naomi Wolf has a big problem with Katy Perry’s latest music video. Wolf, who is best known for her book “The Beauty Myth” and most recently made headlines when she was arrested in October at an Occupy Wall Street protest, is asking the public to boycott the singer’s video because she claims it’s propaganda for the U.S. Marines Corps.
“Have you all seen the Katy Perry Marines video?” Wolf posted on her Facebook page on Sunday. “It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines … I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it … It is truly shameful..I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”
I have to say the military theme in this video is pretty bizarre to me. I did find it slightly unnerving the first time I watched it because it did strike me as out of place, but I don’t know if I saw it as propaganda for the Marines. I could see the angle Katy was appearing to take it from, as a girl power anthem, but yet the approach of making it all about the Marines was very strange IMHO. It is a big leap though to suggest that Katy was paid by the military. I can’t imagine that, right?
What do you think, could this video be propaganda for the Marines?