New York city performer Amanda Trusty is no stranger to the scrutiny the entertainment industry feels entitled to when it comes to women’s bodies. In a (semi-NSFW) burlesque performance at a benefit for Hawaii Island Gay Pride, Amanda refuses to take that criticism any longer. Set to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” she finds a way to let it all go as she literally peels off hurtful words like “cellulite,” “fat” and “suck it in” that have gotten in the way of the joy performing should bring. I have never felt more empowered (and misty-eyed) just by watching someone dance! Read more thoughts from this amazing lady on her blog. Keep being awesome, Amanda! [Huffington Post; Amanda Trusty Says]
I wouldn’t blame anyone for being sick of the discussion around the word “feminist.” The conversation is extremely fucking overwrought, when it shouldn’t be. I agree with Joss Whedon, who says in the video above, that you either believe that women are human beings equal to and deserving of the same opportunities and respect as men, or you don’t. But Whedon said something else when he spoke earlier this week for Equality Now at an event called “Make Equality Reality.” He said that he hates the word “feminist.” Keep reading »
Don’t laugh, but “Beetlejuice” is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s got everything, and by everything I mean humor, horror, and Alec Baldwin. The film is fundamentally perfect … so naturally, more than two decades later, Hollywood is all like, “time for a sequel!” Michael Keaton, who starred as the titular character in the 1988 original, divulged to TMZ that “they” do indeed have plans to revisit the movie. However. (Fellow “Beetlejuice” fanatics, brace yourselves.) Keaton touched on the fact that Katy Perry is reportedly a fan by affirming that he would be more than open to co-starring with her in a sequel. “I’d do anything with Katy Perry. I love Katy Perry,” Keaton responded. KATY PERRY? IN “BEETLEJUICE”? This, my friends, is where childhood memories — and foolish dreams of successful sequels — go to die. Lydia Deetz forever!!!! [Complex]
“[A] lot of people see me as a role model, but I’d like to kind of turn that around and say I appreciate that but I’d like to be seen as an inspiration. Because a role model, I think, will fail you. I mean, I couldn’t tell kids when it’s time for them to try things or do things. I mean, that’s not my role. But, you know, it’s funny. I do see myself becoming this, whatever, inspiration out of default right now, ’cause it’s such a strange world. Like females in pop — everybody’s getting naked. I mean, I’ve been naked before, but I don’t feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed. But it’s interesting to see … I’m not talking about anyone in particular. I’m talking about all of them. I mean, it’s, like, everybody’s so naked. It’s, like, put it away. We know you’ve got it. I got it too. I’ve taken it off for — I’ve taken it out here and there. And I’m not necessarily judging. I’m just saying sometimes it’s nice to play that card, but also it’s nice to play other cards. And I know I have that sexy card in my deck, but I don’t always have to use that card.”
It’s so hard to know what to make of this interview that Katy Perry did with NPR.
Here’s my conflict, after the jump: Keep reading »
Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry have long denied ever dating, but this recently uploaded YouTube video from 2008 lends credence to the rumor that Rob’s sparkly vampire peen has made Katy roar. Watch in grainy, fuzzy detail as Rob and Katy sing Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You.” At one point, Katy even sits on Rob’s lap OMG. Prepare yourself, Twihards and California Gurls. [YouTube]
This is the ensemble Katy Perry wore to “Good Morning America” this morning, to promote her impending album, Prism (I know it’s called Prism because there are literally 5,000 spray-painted advertisements for it on every street corner in Manhattan). She wore a dress featuring the Ubiquitous ’90s Daisy Print — you know, the one worn by Blossom and Kimmy Gibler, and practically every other ’90s sitcom teenager. To be honest, it’s giving me a little bit of ’90s PTSD. I remember owning a floppy “Blossom”-esque hat with that print, which I paired with a babydoll dress and my faux Docs (hey, real Dr. Martens are expensive). But even if I could get past the daisies, I cannot co-sign on the knee-high black socks thing. That was never cool. [Photo: INFDaily.com]
Straight from the kitty’s mouth: Katy Perry told WWD back in July that her third fragrance, Killer Queen, drew inspiration from none other than Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. “[He] painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in … I feel like I’m falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted.” Several weeks later, the ad teaser for Katy’s newest beauty offering is out — and, you know, we kind of see where she’s coming from with this whole “queen” thing. But Queen, on the other hand? Not so much. [The Cut]
Oh hey, Katy Perry, what you got there? A crushed velvet red dress? Wait a second, that looks familiar … did you take a time machine back to 1993 and steal that out of my closet? Are you wearing the dress I wore to my eighth grade dance? Jesus, Katy Perry, I would have let you borrow it if you’d just asked!
Also, did you manage to drag those two kids standing behind you into the wayback machine, too? What else could explain Jean Vest Ensemble and Tiger Boobs Shirt? [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
One of the most talked about songs to hit the airwaves in recent weeks is Katy Perry’s latest, “Roar.” While I’m not a Katy fan, I must admit the tune is catchy, the kind of melody and beat that could very easily get stuck in your brain for days on end. Perhaps it’s that earworm-y quality that explains why “Roar” sounds really, really similar to another recent song from a female pop singer — Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” Bareilles released “Brave” four months ago and Perry was among its fans, tweeting her approval at Bareilles herself. She liked it so much, she basically rerecorded it with different lyrics! Above, portions of the two songs, back to back. Katy, explain yourself! [Flavorwire]