Is Katy Perry's new video actually a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment tool?
In her new video, Katy Perry plays a woman who has just come out of a relationship with a philandering douchebag. That must have been quite a stretch for her.
That's where the resemblance to real life ends, though. The video for "Part of Me" finds Perry (or her character) making a spur-of-the-moment decision to join the Marines as a way of getting over the breakup. But first she hacks her hair off in a gas-station bathroom and straps her boobs down. Because, as everyone knows, the armed services have a strict "don't look, don't show" policy when it comes to lady lumps.
Not everyone is a fan of Perry's latest video. Leading the charge against it is feminist author Naomi Wolf, who took to her Facebook page to call it "a total piece of propaganda for the Marines."
"I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it," Wolf wrote. "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."
Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer rushed to Perry's defence, calling Wolf's remarks a "slap in the face" to U.S. servicemen and -women. Meyer also called for a boycott of Wolf's work.
Whether or not the video was funded by the United States Department of Defense (which may or may not have as big a promotions department as Capitol Records), it was made with the participation of the Marine Corps. That fact suggests that, if you're prone to making rash, life-changing decisions in fits of rage, the USMC is only too happy to hand you an M4 Carbine and send you to work.