Lean Green Mommy Machine

Thoughts on health, wellness, living green and motherhood

Katy Perry is NOT My Girl Power Icon

1 Comment

Roar!

Roar!

Ever since Katy Perry released her song “Roar” it has been used at any sporting event involving a big cat mascot (including the Bengals, much to the disappointment of fans).
It has also become some sort of “girl power” theme song. Moms happily sing along with their daughters, feeling they are being empowered as females and developing quite a love for Perry herself.
But why wouldn’t you. She’s a successful singer who is belting out a tune that makes girls feel strong and confident, right?
Except it’s one song and positive girl power is NOT Ms. Perry’s M.O.
Before you get all, “Let’s buy you every Katy Perry song on itunes, sweetie because she is all about awesome girl power!” let me take you back to a cringe-worthy little number called “Last Friday Night”

“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

There’s a stranger in my bed,
There’s a pounding in my head
Glitter all over the room
Pink flamingos in the pool
I smell like a minibar
DJ’s passed out in the yard
Barbie’s on the barbeque
This a hickie or a bruise

Pictures of last night
Ended up online
I’m screwed
Oh well
It’s a blacked out blur
But I’m pretty sure it ruled
Damn

Last Friday night
Yeah, we danced on tabletops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot

Last Friday night
Yeah, we maxed our credit cards
And got kicked out of the bar
So we hit the boulevard

Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trois
Last Friday night
Yeah I think we broke the law
Always say we’re gonna stop
Op-oh-oh

This Friday night
Do it all again
This Friday night
Do it all again

Trying to connect the dots
Don’t know what to tell my boss
Think the city towed my car
Chandeliers on the floor
Ripped my favorite party dress
Warrant’s out for my arrest
Think I need a ginger ale
That was such an epic fail

Pictures of last night
Ended up online
I’m screwed
Oh well
It’s a blacked out blur
But I’m pretty sure it ruled
Damn

Last Friday night
Yeah, we danced on table tops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot

Last Friday night
Yeah, we maxed our credit cards
And got kicked out of the bar
So we hit the boulevard

Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trois

Last Friday night
Yeah I think we broke the law
Always say we’re gonna stop
Oh whoa oh

This Friday night
Do it all again
(Do it all again)
This Friday night
Do it all again
(Do it all again)
This Friday night

T.G.I.F.
T.G.I.F.
T.G.I.F.
T.G.I.F.
T.G.I.F.
T.G.I.F.

Last Friday night
Yeah, we danced on table tops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot

Last Friday night
Yeah, we maxed our credit cards
And got kicked out of the bar
So we hit the boulevard

Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trois

Last Friday night
Yeah I think we broke the law
Always say we’re gonna stop
Oh-whoa-oh
This Friday night
Do it all again

[Clapping] Whohoo!

So let’s sum this up: got completely drunk (to the point of no memory), not sure what I did, trashed a lot of stuff, bad pics ended up online, slept with a stranger.
Girl power.

There is a time in history where we women were told that this sort of thing is being powerful. We were lied to and I am quite sure we know better by now. Don’t we?
I guess if that is how you want to live your life then, whatever (I really won’t know anything about it because we aren’t friends). But I doubt all those moms out there praising Katy Perry and her “girl-power” song want THIS for their daughters. This is the type of somg Ms. Perry consistently puts out.
I have 4 daughters and I believe in instilling confidence and power in them. I do not believe Katy Perry stands for that in the least. If you want to rock this song as such, go for it. But you may want to stop your Katy Perry playlist there. And in the mean time, find some more worthy girl-power role models for your daughters – like you.

Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

One thought on “Katy Perry is NOT My Girl Power Icon

  1. I don’t think pop stars are good role models – celebrity culture brings out the worst in everyone! Imagine all the moms cringing because they encouraged their daughters to like Hanna Montana / Miley Cyrus. There were some good moments in history, like the original Riot Grrl movement. I’m sure Ms. Perry recorded the song above because her fans relate to incidents like this, and she wouldn’t take responsibility if 8 year olds listened to it – which they will…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 339 other followers