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My Take on Katy Perry’s New Music Video, “Part of Me”

This is the Part of Me That You’re Never Gonna Ever Take Away From Me! NO!

Katy will KICK YOUR ASS!

OK, I’m a shameless fan of this song. I love “Part of Me” more than I love any of Katy’s songs, and that’s really saying something. Yes, she is not the greatest singer to ever grace the pop music scene, but she’s certainly one of the more electric personalities we’ve had in the past decade (Madre Monster not withstanding). So now, Katy Perry makes a long-form commercial for the Marines…

Soldier Katy 😀

Actually, I don’t see it that way at all. In the video, Katy’s character has a boyfriend who was clearly a cheating bastard. She didn’t just become distraught and go to the Marines. A lot of people don’t want to give Katy the credit – if you actually watch the video, she is clearly making a point: women can be tough, too. She hacks off all her hair (it was a wig, really, mind you) and tapes down her chest (this is actually a major point) and goes off to boot camp where she bonds with her fellow recruits and really seems to have the makings of a soldier.

Part of Me is NOT really about her failed marriage to Russell Brand. It’s about something a lot bigger: women are too often regarded as sex symbols, objectified for their feminine beauty and wiles. Katy has been blessed with incredible looks and a beautiful body and it’s not a stretch to say a lot of guys just drool over her for her more superficial aspects and don’t really look at her as a person. Well, as we have seen from Katy before, she likes to have a message in her songs, and it’s really obvious here: Women are people, too, and have hopes and dreams and aren’t just toys to be played with. The extreme of joining the Marines makes her point I think as directly as she can.

I’m impressed that she went to this length to drive a point home and she really plays the part well. Is it propaganda? Was she paid by the Marines to make it? I don’t get that impression, but I can see how people would jump to that conclusion. Katy is all for the empowerment of young women to not let abusive or unfaithful partners keep them down, or let anyone keep you from being who you really are. Yes, you could parallel this song to the fact that Russell Brand never really condoned her partying or really supported her career. That’s a fair reading, but I think what Katy conveys here in this video is perhaps one of the most powerful statements made in a music video for quite sometime, and I have to hand it to her: it’s another great video, and perhaps her very best.

The work that she put into this is impressive and I don’t think you’ll get too many pop stars to do what she had to do to make this work!

Katy Perry and her marvelous blue coiffure

Katy's marvelous blue coiffure

And now, she can get back to being Katy Perry 🙂

  1. March 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Paid for by the Marines, nope. If it was it would be more accurate. A lot of Marines absolutely love Katy Perry, for obvious reasons, but they are also picking apart the inaccuracies in the video.

    Female Marines (they are not called soldiers) don’t need to cut their hair, don’t receive uniforms with their names on them at the beginning of boot camp, don’t wrestle in water and, obviously don’t dance under flags. There are many others, but these same Marines also recognize, it’s a video, it puts us in a good light, and she’s hot.
    From a Mom of two Marines, one of which is at Pendleton where it was filmed.

    • April 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, I know that female Marines are not called soldiers and they do not go through the things that she did in the video. But actually, I think she was trying to make that point, too. She was making it a point to try to be “one of the boys” which was honestly pretty awesome.

      And yes, it does put the Marines in a good light, and yes she is quite, quite hot. 🙂

      I wish your two Marines the best of wishes. God Bless Our Troops.

      • April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        Thanks for the well wishes. Actually the female Marines and male Marines have the same training, just separate. I thought it was awesome that she did a firemans carry.

        None of the Marines fight under water though, as one of the Marines I know said. “Where was that in boot camp, we trained in a pool” Later training does happen in natural water, my son was fireman carried through chin high icy cold water. He thought it was awesome.

      • April 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        Again, I think the inaccuracies were done on purpose. It is just a music video after all, and the character that Katy was playing in the video was going all out to go against the norm. I’m really impressed with the work she did to get through that video – I don’t think you can name too many artists that will go to that length for their art. It’s a great video, one of the best to come out in a while.

        I can’t wait for her next video now 🙂

  2. September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    “Part of Me” is an awesome music video of Katy. I’m really impressed with this video .Thanks

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  3. Cherilyn Mcmeel
    November 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I really like Katy Perry because she is bubbly and has a pleasing personality. ^

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