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Katy Perry, who once shot whipped cream out of her bra, thinks female pop stars should start covering up. "[Like] females in pop — everybody's getting naked," she told Scott Simon for NPR's Weekend Edition. "I mean, I've been naked before but I don't feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed."
This all coming from someone who has posed naked on the cover of an album, kissed a girl (and liked it), and sings songs about wanting to see a man's "peacock" and unleashing her "big balloons. Would her comments sound less disingenuous if she owned up to her own scantily-clad past? Maybe, but Perry still touches on a larger discussion.
While she doesn't name names — "I'm talking about all of them," she says — images and headlines of Miley Cyrus' bare body and Lady Gaga's recent performance in London come to mind. Here are two top celebrities disrobing in front of the cameras, to very different audience reactions: Cyrus gets shamed, while Gaga gets a dismissive eye roll and the "performance art" label.
What Perry doesn't expand on is the thought behind these naked pop stars. Is a nude Lady Gaga on stage different than a naked Miley Cyrus riding a wrecking ball? Are they stripping down to tantalize, or to make a point? The answer begins with how one defines nakedness versus nudity.
One thing is for sure, though: Just because Perry chooses "to play other cards" than the "sexy card" won't stop others. After all, sex sells. It's a matter of whether this trend of stripping down is necessary to an artist's statement, and that's a slippery slope to dive down in the world of shiny, glittery, meant-to-please pop. (Daily Mail)