Katy Perry has had massive success throughout the course of her career. Songs like “Firework”, “Teenage Dream”, and “Last Friday Night” dominated charts upon release, and made her a household name. Even today, she continues to be a pop icon, and is currently in her bizzare “Witness” era. In a recent interview with Glamour, Katy reflected on the earliest parts of her career. In particular, her debut single “I Kissed A Girl” was the center of attention. Originally releasing in 2008, the track was met with large amounts of controversy for its references to same-sex experimentation. Featuring lyrics like “It’s not what I’m used to, just wanna try you on” and “You’re my experimental game” with an earworm chorus, the track made it’s way up to #1 on the Billboard charts. While expressing sexuality has become more acceptable and encouraged today, the song itself could be considered problematic due to its shallow nature.
“We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.” Katy told Glamour. Political correctness is a major part of present-day culture, so adjustments to the song if it were to be released today would be necessary. Acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community continues to grow, so this song was a step in the right direction. However, it’s important to be mindful that what may be acceptable today may be entirely disrespectful in the future.