Naomi Wolf, a prominent feminist activist, is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry’s entire pop music oeuvre on account of the singer’s music video for her song “Part Of Me.” In the video, Katy dumps a boyfriend and then joins the Marines, where she endures tough training while singing about how she’s so strong and “you’re never gonna break my soul.” On her Facebook page, Naomi Wolf wrote that the video is “a total piece of propaganda for the Marines,” continuing:
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.
Amelia also shares Naomi Wolf’s opinion that “Part of Me” is a pro-military propaganda video. [Personally, even if I was more pro-military, I would be offended that the Marines are being used in such a trite manner. But I also wouldn't bother to boycott Katy Perry. -- Editor] I can see how Naomi Wolf and Amelia could see it that way, but I saw the video as more of a “screw you, I’m still strong, I’m still doing awesome things, I don’t need your ass” message.
Katy Perry has said herself, “It is an affirmation of strength, so I wanted to go the strongest route I could.” To be sure, I don’t love reenforcing the idea that the best way to be strong is by being in the military/learning how to be violent . Un that way, agree the video is a glorification of a harmful idea. But Naomi’s fingering the wrong harmful idea here: it’s silly to assume any positive depictions of the military, or what people get out of their personal service military, is nothing other than pro-violence or glorification of violence. That’s not a nuanced POV whatsoever and, frankly, it is not fair, either.
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