Philosophy Phriday: Katy Perry

She’s one half of the contemporary pop world’s pettiest feud, has a soft spot for playas who will only break her heart (I’m looking at you Russell, John and Orlando), and is the undisputed queen of pop. If you would like to dispute this I kindly ask you to leave now and never return.

A quick Google search for ‘Katy Perry facts’ will bring up hundreds of results, including that she uses the jumping rope to keep her physically fit and have a flawless body” (same, really). One fact you won’t find is that Katy actually has a devastatingly sharp philosophical mind. Many people miss the profound insights in her lyrics, distracted by the pop beats and literal perfection of her music videos. But take a closer look and you’ll find a poignant exploration of the human condition. No where is this more obvious than in 2010’s underrated track, E.T. You may not realise it but this song is actually an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of reality television.

You’re so hypnotizing

Could you be the devil, could you be an angel

Your touch magnetizing

Feels like I’m floating, leaves my body glowing

This is exactly how I feel about shows like Married At First Sight and Australia’s Cheapest Weddings. Are they actual crap, dredged from the depths of an outer-suburban sewage farm by a lazy production company out of fresh ideas? Probably. But are they also magical televisual feasts sent from heaven to entertain and delight? Most definitely.

You’re from a whole other world

A different dimension

You open my eyes

And I’m ready to go, lead me into the light

Here Katy is telling us that she gets it. Sure, reality television often feels far fetched, almost like it’s from an alternate universe where one man dating 25 women at once is perfectly acceptable. But somehow it has this pull on us, this magnetic attraction that we just can’t resist. I will follow reality television into the light and wherever else it takes me (the jungle, tropical islands, the homes and lives of wealthy white women).

I wanna walk on your wave length

And be there when you vibrate

For you I’ll risk it all

There is an obvious answer to the oft asked question “why would anyone choose to embarrass themselves on national television?” Twenty something women and men all over Australia are falling over themselves to be cast on a reality show because of this simple equation:

Reality television = exposure = Instagram followers = tickets to the birdcage at Flemington Racecourse + ready-made audience for new lifestyle blog

You may think this is madness but these kids will never work a full day in their lives again so really the joke’s on all of us.

For you I’ll risk it all, indeed.

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