YMMV / Katy Perry

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: "E.T.": Multicultural relationships are ok, or Rape Is Love? This mainly depends on whether or not you're listening to the Kanye West version.
  • Anvilicious: The video for "Chained to the Rhythm" is not subtle with its ignorant-masses symbols, featuring imagery such as the "American Dream Drop", a park ride that drops picturesque houses rather violently, human hamster wheels, a gas station setpiece with open flames in it, and bomb rides.
  • Awesome Music: "Fingerprints".
    • Also, "Waking Up In Vegas" and "Teenage Dream". "Firework" too, if this does not, hmmm...fire you up nothing will.
    • E.T. also deserves mention.
      • And "Part of Me", "Wide Awake", "Not Like the Movies" and "Thinking of You".
    • "By the Grace of God" also deserves special mention, what with its inspirational production and lyrics.
  • Broken Base: All 3 of her albums (4, if you include Katy Hudson) are very different from each other, leading to a lot of disagreement as to which one is the "real" Katy. Also, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream are best known for their upbeat pop songs, even though both albums include a lot of very serious songs. Currently, she is very popular with gays, but also very popular with Christians, and very popular with teenage and younger girls (who don't even understand her lyrics), leading to a lot of disagreement as to how to interpret various songs, as well as which of her songs is best.
    • Also, her singing. Is she actually good, or is it all just Auto-Tune? Some of her live performances have been good, and unlike contemporaries such as Britney Spears, she is willing to perform without altering her voice live. Then you hear some of her live performances, like her Good Morning America performance of "Hot N Cold," and, well...
  • Critical Dissonance: According to the other wiki, "Teenage Dream" generally received mixed reviews upon release from music critics. This album ended up tying Michael Jackson's "Bad" in amassing No 1 singles for the Billboard Hot 100 (with 5).
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In "Dark Horse", the song mentioned the Greek goddess Aphrodite... in a music video sets in Memphis, ancient Egypt. Todd in the Shadows had a field day with this.
    • There are a couple of instances where her lyrics don't mean what she thinks they mean. In "Dark Horse", the title is used to indicate someone who's dangerous and can attack unexpected, when it's supposed to refer to something or someone who shows unexpected proficiency or popularity.
  • Ear Worm: If you hear any of her songs, it'll play in your head all day long.
    • "Part Of Me" has been played every three hours on the radio, no joke!
    • "I wanna see your peacock-cock-cock, your peacock-cock."
    • "KISS! ME! K-K-KISS ME! Infect me with your lovin', fill me with your poison!"
    • "YOU! MAKE! ME! FEEL LIKE I'M LIVING THE! TEEN! AGE! DREAM! THE WAY YOU TURN ME ON!"
    • "Baby, you're a firework! Come on, show 'em what you're worth!"
    • "And you're gonna hear me ROAR-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH! OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH!"
    • "We're all chained to the rhythm, to the rhythm, to the rhythm!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Katy's dancing sharks during her 2015 Super Bowl halftime show—backup dancers Scott Myrick and Lockhart Brownlie—gained an online following overnight. It doesn't hurt that they're both quite hunky out of costume.
    • Of Katy's music, Wide Awake is often regarded as her strongest song. Many people who don't even like her music have complimented the lyrics and musical style.
  • Epileptic Trees: There's a vocal group of conspiracy theorists on the internet who believe that she is murdered child beauty pageant star Jon Benet Ramsey, despite it being mathematically impossible (Perry was 12 - twice Ramsey's age - in 1996).
  • Fandom Rivalry: Recently it's Taylor Swift's fans vs. Katy's fans, massively heightened by the release of diss tracks like Bad Blood (Taylor never named who it was about, but Katy quickly flipped out over it making it clear) and Swish Swish.
    • The Katy Kats and Little Monsters had a tense relationship for awhile, but it blew up ever since Applause vs. Roar and never died down since. Both sides often wait until the other underperforms to go in for cheap shots and proclaim the singer as being "over." Unlike Swift, Gaga and Perry are good friends and the former defended Perry's 2013 controversial American Music Awards performance of "Unconditionally", in which she was dressed as a geisha.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some of the Katy Kats would rather forget the official video for "Birthday" exists, preferring the lyric video instead. Even Perry agrees with them as she had a much higher opinion on the lyric video than for the official (which she wanted to disown in the first place).
  • Faux Symbolism: At the 2012 Grammys she performed "E.T." (a song about her love story with Russell Brand), the power went out mid-song and she then started singing "Part of Me", a song about her break-up with Travie McCoy reworked to fit her divorce with Brand.
  • Fridge Horror: Despite the light-hearted tone of "Last Friday Night", one person took a deeper look at the lyrics and comes to the conclusion that the subject has alcohol issues and may have been date raped.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A lot of the lyrics in E.T., considering it's about Russell Brand and she ended up divorcing him, such as "they don't understand you", meaning her friends warned her about it.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Katy Perry is very popular in Northern England and Scotland.
  • Growing the Beard: Arguably, Teenage Dream. Although plenty of people see it as a step back towards total unoriginality.
    • Prism can be considered this.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "The One That Got Away" became this after her divorce from Russell Brand.
    • Katy Perry: Part Of Me invoked this, with numerous quotes from Katy about settling down & raising a family.
    • "Not Like The Movies" is already a sad song but after said divorce, it's HEARTBREAKING.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "E.T." was serviced three months before the release of the Magic: The Gathering expansion set of New Phyrexia, whose mechanics and storyline fit strangely well the lyrics.
    • For a while, people made up stories about Katy apparently hating Miley Cyrus for her overly sexual image, even though that would be a bit rich coming from the girl with whipped cream shooter tits. Come 2017, when Miley abruptly dropped her overly sexual image, and Katy almost exactly at the same time came out with "Bon Appetit" and opted for a similar short blonde 'do. People started theorising that some sex demon had been posessing Miley and jumped into Katy.
  • Internet Backdraft: In some parts of the internet it is not wise to bring up "I Kissed a Girl", especially around lesbians who have been burned by girls like the one she's singing about. It's not pretty, to say the least.
    • Also, imply to a Katy Perry fan that she stole the idea from Jill Sobule, who wrote another song called "I Kissed a Girl" in 1995 and had a hit with it. Not helped at all by the fact that Sobule herself added fuel to the fire.
    • She also got some backdraft for "Ur So Gay" because for some listeners, calling someone "gay" as an insult is offensive to actual gay people.
    • Also, there was the time Katy admitted to copying the styles of trans kids on Tumblr while calling them 'rats' and 'transvestites'. Trans people were not pleased, to say the least.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: While Lyrical Dissonance is an objective trope, there are a number of interpretations on what the lyrics of E.T. actually mean. Officially, it's a catchy pop/hip-hop song about falling in love with a foreigner. However, the lines "wanna be a victim, ready for abduction" combined with "fill me with your poison", make a pretty good case for the song being about date rape.
  • Memetic Mutation / Iconic Outfit:
  • Never Live It Down: Among the LGBT community she will forever be known as the girl who lied about kissing a girl and who released "Ur So Gay." Though while accepting an award in 2017, she implied that she actually is bi and had to hide it from her fundamentalist parents.
  • Painful Rhyme: Katy is the QUEEN of painful rhymes.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Check out this Carbon Leaf video from 2006.
    • The same year (two years before her debut album as Katy Perry), she appeared toward the end of P.O.D.'s "Goodbye For Now".
    • In Gym Class Heroes' second video for "Cupid's Chokehold", she was the girlfriend that Travie meets without the aid of Cupid's arrow. (She was also dating him in real life at the time.)
  • She Really Can Act: As the insane prison guard in Raising Hope. She's near unrecognizable as well, having a facial hair problem and a bushy perm.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: According to some people, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" is very similar to "Make Love" by Daft Punk.
    • Ironically, the vocoder and synth saxophone breakdown at the climax of "International Smile" is very comparable to Daft Punk's "Digital Love".
    • "Roar" is most certainly this to Sara Bareilles's "Brave". It's the exact same beat.
    • "Birthday" sounds like one of her own songs, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)".
    • "California Gurls" is essentially Kesha's "Tik Tok" with tweaked instrumentation and writing. The fact that both songs share two writers (Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco) explains a lot.
  • Signature Song: Perry has many popular songs, but "Firework" is becoming her leading song after being her Super Bowl halftime show closer, with Perry on a shooting star being raised in the air during the closer. Second place is seen as a tie between her two major hits from Prism, "Roar" and "Dark Horse."
  • Nausea Fuel / Squick: The music video for "Bon Appetit", especially the Fan Disservice and the I Am A Humanitarian ending.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Scoring 5 #1s in an album? It's unlikely Katy Perry will be able to redo that record.
    • The underperformances of Prism's fourth and fifth singles, "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do," (and quick burn-out of second song "Unconditionally") have often been attributed to the continued monstrous longevity of "Dark Horse." This has become known in fan communities as the "Dark Horse" effect (i.e. Swedish DJ Avicii having his American popularity completely cannibalized by the his own ultra-long-lasting hit, "Wake Me Up!")
  • Unfortunate Implications: Katy tends to suffer from this in spades, with entire articles being written about them. Among her most controversial are an AMA peformance that was accused of stereotyping East Asian culture as being all the same, the controversy over I Kissed a Girl and trying to use bisexuality for money and Male Gaze (as well as queerbaiting), and her mocking Britney Spears mental and emotional breakdown. Repeatedly. The last one actually prompted a response from Britney, who wasn't particularly happy about it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Most of her videos are this, but the epitome is "Wide Awake".
    • Super Bowl XLIX was already an exciting game by halftime, but Perry and the fantastic stage she had in her halftime show brought the house down.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • The video for "Hot 'n' Cold" features, for no apparent reason, roller derby girls (and Katy herself skating in her wedding dress) and a zebra at the end.
    • Could also be applied to "California Gurls" too, but Up to Eleven.
    • And now, the video for "This is How We Do" as well.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Kidz Bop and the Ubisoft game Just Dance for the Wii, rated E for Everyone, both feature "Hot 'n' Cold", a song that uses the word "bitch". They use a kid-friendly version using the word "chick" instead, noted as "Hot 'n' Cold (Chick Version)". The Chipettes covered it in Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakuel as well.

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