In 2008, Katy Perry’s hit song I Kissed A Girl propelled her musical career to international stardom. But today, nearly 10 years since the release of the song that made her one of the biggest female artist in pop music, the singer says that, if she could, she would change the lyrics to her iconic single.
“I think we’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity,” the singer told Glamour magazine in a recent interview. “If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it.”
While the song in which Katy confesses to having kissed a girl (but, more importantly, liking it!) was considered by many as gay-friendly at the time, the LGBT community criticized the theme for spreading misleading stereotypes about bisexuality.
“The song isn’t problematic because it promotes homosexuality, but because its appropriation of the gay lifestyle exists for the sole purpose of garnering attention,” said Slant Magazine of the song in 2008.
However, I Kissed a Girl isn’t the only tune for which Katy Perry has a dubious past with the LGBT community. During the early stages of her career, her single Ur So Gay was accused of using pejorative lyrics with verses like “I can’t believe I fell in love with someone that wears more makeup than me” and “You’re so gay you don’t even like boys.”
But it’s been 10 years since then, and Katy show not only that she’s brought down her misconceptions about homosexuality, but also that she’s capable of rectifying. “Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much,” she said. “What’s true for you can evolve.”
Good for her!