The majority of pop culture entertainers are Democrats who lean far left—that’s no surprise. Katy Perry fits the stereotype, and backlash to her remarks after the bombing in Manchester at a concert heavily attended by young people probably didn’t surprise her.
Since the candidate Perry enthusiastically advocated for lost the 2016 presidential election, Perry appears to be focused on promoting her new album due out in June. After learning about deaths and injuries inflicted by a bomb made by an Islamist in Manchester who targeted a concert featuring a pop star whose theatrics and branding appeal to young girls, Perry told a radio host during an interview:
“Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”
On the face of it, this is not an outrageous statement from the singer whose song ‘Roar’ got so much play I cover my ears when I am subjected to it at a store or diner. I felt that way about that song long before it was used in a campaign commercial for Hillary Clinton.
Perry, however, has fashioned herself as an activist, so her statement goes beyond a feel-good wish. She is like so many in her social class completely ignorant of her reality versus the reality for those outside the political class.
Perry is worth millions, with ample resources for bodyguards, security features, and whatever other protective measures are deemed necessary when she’s at home or traveling. Most of us don’t have that level of protection, and nor do our children.
It’s ironic someone like Perry proposes “no borders.” I’d be willing to bet she’d have security stop anyone who tried to enter her home without permission. When Perry performs, there’s a security detail. It’s likely if someone attempted to breach it, there’d be physical intervention.
Perry, like so many of her pop culture fellows, has “borders” and “barriers” to protect her. Most of us don’t.
The truly sad aspect of Perry’s “activism” on behalf of Democrats and the left in general is this. If you work in entertainment in the US, leftism is required. Speak out against any aspect of open borders, identity politics, or the political jihad effort wreaking havoc around the globe, and your career will suffer immensely. Today’s pop culture is intolerant of anyone who opposes doctrines set by the left in politics.
Lack of tolerance for speech and free expression is an unofficial plank in the leftist agenda. That’s the real tragedy when it comes to pop stars like Perry and politicos like the candidate she supported for president. Despite preaching “tolerance” and co-existence, they don’t apply it to themselves.
Co-existence and tolerance require all parties to cooperate and respect one another. Perry and her friends can preach all they want, but the global political jihad movement will never accept any of the feel-good ideals leftists express.
You can follow Perry on Twitter @katyperry where you will find mostly promotional messages and a few others as well. One example:
“Is the Internet real? Can we physically go there?”
That banal Tweet got 5,000 retweets and 20,000 hearts. Think about that for a few.
Perry’s remarks drew fire on social media like Twitter. You can find responses by searching for #KatyPerry. Many of those responses are very entertaining but far less kind than I am being here.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 24, 2017)
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