Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s Supremely Clueless AMA Performance Is Everything That’s Wrong With America’s Relationship to Asian Culture

Another awards ceremony, another “controversial” pop star performance. This time around it was Katy Perry, whose appearance at the American Music Awards last night set the Internet afire with outrage because of its absurd depiction of Japanese culture: cherry blossoms, taiko drummers, kimono-clad backing dancers, and Perry herself dressed as a geisha. Sigh. … Read More

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“Hard Out Here” Proves Lily Allen Is the Pop Star We Need in 2013

Back in the mid-aughts, Lily Allen brought a lot of hype and promise across the pond to the US with her first album, Alright, Still. Produced by a then-underappreciated Mark Ronson, Allen was poised to become the anti-female pop star; a direct opposite to the oversexed, Auto-Tuned princesses ushered onto the charts in the late ’90s, her brand of ska- and reggae-inspired pop songs embodied a charm and wit that was sadly absent in the music of her American contemporaries. But despite the critical acclaim and brief commercial success, Allen didn’t achieve the success of, say, Amy Winehouse or Adele, who eclipsed her with their big voices and big sounds. … Read More

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‘Breaking Bad: The Opera,’ ‘Of Mice’ and James Franco: Links You Need to See

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Courtney Love is not too keen on either Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry. Would Breaking Bad make as brilliant an opera as it did a television show? Maybe, but only if it includes an aria from Jesse Pinkman filled with as many occurrences of “bitch” as possible. (Spoiler: it… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Bruce Willis

We’re three weeks into SNL‘s 39th season with six new cast members, and things are still rather rough around the edges. This week’s host, Bruce Willis, joined the fledgling crew and returned to his comedic roots. The chemistry was fine, but no one sketch truly stood out from the rest. We can chalk it up to growing pains — for now. Once again, the series trotted out its male players and left the women on the sidelines. This was made all the more uncomfortable when reflecting on the episode’s early digital shorts — one advertising a “24-Hour Energy for Dating Actresses” (another tired “women so crazy” dig) and the very Lonely Island-esque “Boy Dance Party” (zany, but yeah… more boys having all the fun). Former host Katy Perry performed “Walking On Air” and “Roar,” leaving us to wonder how much her band hates her for making them wear those awful animal costumes. There was a puzzling repeat of the “E-Meth” commercial, which made us pine for Breaking Bad. See what else happened last night in our best and worst ranking, below. … Read More

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Ranking the MTV VMA Performances from Best to Worst

Last night saw the MTV Video Music Awards come to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The best thing about the night was clearly Taylor Swift telling One Direction to “Shut the fuck up,” but beyond that, the show was, as ever, about the performances — all the post-event hysteria has been about Miley Cyrus’s… interesting rendition of “We Can’t Stop,” but there were plenty of other notable moments, including an N*Sync reunion and Kanye West performing “Blood on the Leaves.” So… from best to worst, here’s how we saw the evening’s performances. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Comic Strip / Music Mash-ups Inspired by ‘This Charming Charlie’

The Tumblr that has caught the attention of people across the Internet this week is This Charming Charlie, which mashes up panels from classic Peanuts comic strips and replaces the existential dialogue with the lyrics of Morrissey. When a friend tweeted that he’d rather see any other comic and musician mash-up, it made me think of other perfect pairings from the funny pages and your Spotify playlists. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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This Thing Sounds Like That Thing: Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, and Other Famous Pop Music Ripoffs

Four months ago, Sara Bareilles, underrated princess of empowerment rock, released “Brave,” a heartwarming, foot-stomping song all about, well, being fearless. People dug it, including Katy Perry, who tweeted at Bareilles her approval after the track was released. … Read More

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10 Notorious Kids TV-Show Controversies

The proverb that a child’s mind is like a sponge can be as much a source of wonder as of vexation. Unlike primetime sitcoms and hour-long dramas on HBO, viewers tend to agree that children’s television must be driven by a higher purpose, and must deliver the right message. As a result, even when the programming seems lighthearted and beyond the reach of politics, the debate about kids TV can verge on bitter acrimony, whether it’s a show about neighborhood kids who love to share (“socialist propaganda”) or a hero who delivers the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants (“promotes colonialism”). Concerned parents and uninvolved critics have always had something to say about the culture kids are exposed to. After the jump, inspired by the news that a Russian kids’ show was pulled off the air after a joke about Putin’s divorce, are a few controversies that have arisen in recent memory. … Read More

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Celebrities’ Punk Rock Selfies From Last Night’s Met Gala

Selfies aren’t just for the layfolk. Even celebrities take them now and again, and last night’s extravagant, punk-themed Met Gala — corresponding with the museum’s latest Costume Institute exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture — was an opportune time for the glitterati to take to social media with pictures of their dresses, hairdos, nails, and other accessories (including friends and other fabulous people). We scoured Instagram and Twitter to bring you the best of last night’s selfies. Take a peek through the images below, including a sufficiently punked-up Madonna sporting tartan and rocking a black bob, a very pink Debbie Harry, Katy Perry’s bling-tastic nails, and Zooey Deschanel’s pretty (if questionably punk) hairdo. Oh and, erm, Alicia Keys in a bathrobe. … Read More

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Camille Paglia’s Most Culturally Tone-Deaf Moments

Author, critic, self-avowed dissident feminist, and veteran professor of liberal studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Camille Paglia is in many respects a shrewd woman. And yet somehow Paglia has become just as well known for her frankly insipid and often unsound pronouncements about pop culture. Most recently, she wrote an article for The Sunday Times misleadingly comparing Rihanna to Princess Diana. The pop star, who apparently returned home sloshed to find her face melding beautifully into Lady Di’s on the cover of the paper, was thrilled with herself, posting the picture on Instagram, hashtagged with the made-up word: “extraordinaRIHbehavior.” To hold you over until she sees fit to compare Miley Cyrus and Kate Middleton, we’ve rounded up her most culturally tone-deaf moments. … Read More

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