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Ketty Perry I Kiss A Girl Remix

Though the Toronto Star describes it as "a lesbian-friendly tune,"[29] whether homophobia fuels negative reactions to the song or the song itself appears to divide critics. Slant and other critics[30][31] suggest that Perry may be homophobic, especially given her single "Ur So Gay", which makes "I Kissed a Girl" seems like "a classic example of the 'Guys kissing is gross, girls kissing is hot' line of thought," which promotes hypersexualization of queer women and demonization of queer men.[32]

Ketty Perry I Kiss A Girl Remix

When asked about her own sexuality, Perry told Santa Barbara magazine: "I like to kiss boys, but there is no doubt in my mind if Angelina Jolie or Gisele Bündchen came a callin', who wouldn't pucker up?"[38] Perry told The New Gay she had never actually kissed a girl and is heterosexual. She is quoted as saying "Yeah, it's fantasy, it's a song about curiosity."[32]

At an annual fundraiser in 2008, she recalled: "I remember having a little crush when I was 15 on this girl who was a little bit older than me. She was my best friend at the time [but] I never kissed her or anything. In retrospect, she was my muse for that song."[39] When asked by OK! magazine about kissing a girl, she replied: "Of course. I think I was 19. I kissed a girl and it was great", she also added: "Growing up I had a friend who, looking back, I think I had an obsessive little crush on her. I never kissed her but she was very beautiful and she was like a ballerina and I wanted to copy everything she did. But I think that was kind of the extent of it."[40]

In a separate interview in 2010, Perry stated to a female interviewer that she has kissed several girls.[41] Perry later admitted to Vanity Fair in early May 2011 that the reason she did not discuss it honestly at first was that a couple of "sleazy" male journalists made her uncomfortable, she stated: "So I said no, I hadn't experienced it, even though I had, because I didn't like where the guys were taking the interviews."[42]

To be fair, that's something our heteronormative culture did quite a bit during the early aughts. Think back to Britney Spears and Madonna's kiss at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, or the two girls making out at the Halloween party in Mean Girls. Even if Perry does consider herself sexually fluid, "I Kissed a Girl" winks to queerness without offering much nuance. 041b061a72


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