My wife has been suggesting that I write a post on Katy Perry’s song/video:
In the video we see an elderly Katy Perry who still mopes around pining for a high school boyfriend despite having grown old with a loyal husband. My wife was disgusted by the message of this video having known women in real life who thought and acted in this way. This should serve as a warning to men considering marriage; check very carefully for this sort of vibe. Women often feel entitled to nurse this sort of “poor me” feeling, regardless of how good a husband you are. This is also why you need to take your potential wife’s past sexual history very seriously.
My wife wondered if this song/video wasn’t at least in part an explanation for why Katy Perry’s husband Russell Brand filed for divorce. She thought the timing was suspicious, since he filed in December and the video was released in November.
Rollo Tomassi beat me to the punch on this with his excellent post Five Minutes of Alpha. He astutely points out that Roissy nailed this back in 2010 with his original post by the same title (Five Minutes of Alpha). Back then Roissy pointed out that Katy appeared to not have gotten over the alpha who snubbed her in high school. It was Katy’s own on stage attempt to show that she really had gotten over him which tipped Roissy off. Here is a quote Roissy shared from this story:
As the crowd laughed and cheered, she adopted a bit of swagger and added, “Oh yeah, you really chose right, honey. What’s up now, playa?” Becoming an international, Grammy-nominated pop star evidently does wonderful things for your self-confidence.
As Janet Reno would say, Money and fame takes away alpha! Roissy quoted the following a bit further down:
At the end of the tune, she looked directly at Lopes, held up her hand — which prominently displays her engagement ring — and said, “That’s cool, I got mine,” and mockingly blew him a kiss. The singer is set to marry raunchy British comic Russell Brand…
Now just a few years later comes this video for a previously released song about a high school heartbreak. Note the reference to money and rings, in direct contradiction to her original quote:
All this money can’t buy me a time machine (Nooooo)
It can’t replace you with a million rings (Nooooo)
I shoulda told you what you meant to me (Woooooow)
‘Cause now I paid the price
In another life
I would be your girl
We’d keep all our promises
Be us against the world
It is worth noting that while the video was only released in November of 2011, the song itself was released as part of an album back in August of 2010, which was two months before she married Russell Brand and a month before she gave the concert where she confronted the alpha she ostensibly had gotten over.
What up now playa?