Katy Perry Kissed A Girl and She'd Like to Apologize for Trivializing Queer Sexuality

One full decade ago, in 2008, Katy Perry, a pop-hopeful fresh off the MySpace music scene, released “I Kissed A Girl” and, well, took off into a level of superstardom she’s been able to sustain ever since (real hiccups here and there, but the fact that you know who she is 10 years later is a goddamn feat.) In a new interview with Glamour, Perry looks back on her breakout track, once dubbed “lesbian-friendly,” now, pretty obviously cringe-worthy and othering.


She tells the publication she’d change the track if she were to rewrite it now, in 2018:

“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. 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. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”


While it’s certainly wise of her to address the song’s total inability to age, her statement provides more questions than it answers. Does Perry identify as bisexual? She’s never been totally transparent about that, enough for edgy, this-era pop star Halsey to say no to a collaboration with KP. There’s also no level of apology here—is Perry upset that the times have changed and that’s why her tune feels so antiquated? Or is she upset that she didn’t know how hurtful the song was back in the day? Is she attempting to take responsibility for it now?

So: Yay for evolution, nay for a non-answer. Back to the drawing board, Perry.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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