“Shame when trade magazines turn tabloid,” tweeted Katy Perry last night, likely in response to The Hollywood Reporter’s June cover story about her. Pegged loosely to the release of her 3-D concert-umentary Katy Perry: Part of Me (opening July 5), the story looks back on her rise to fame and finds a savvy star (“She knows her fan base so well, and her business acumen is incredible”) with a winning vision, and a killer work ethic. Mostly, it’s flattering. Though as her aggravated tweet suggests, the story occasionally strays from the shop talk when they ask about her faith, her family, and her estrangement from Russell Brand. And now Katy’s feeling twisted!
And so, putting ourselves into Katy Perry’s sparkly and probably candy colored shoes:
The top five parts most cringeworthy parts from THR‘s “Katy Perry: Confessions of a Pop Princess:”
- Before it even begins, the story compares her public split with Russell Brand to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries‘ much questioned split. Who would want that?
“Nobody knows what really happened except the two people who are in it.” It’s June 6, and Katy Perry is talking about Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to NBA up-and-comer Kris Humphries, unsure where her empathy lies with regard to the media-saturated spectacle of the split — or whether she feels any at all.”
- Labeling her a “survivor of her own short-live whirlwind romance gone wrong,” they suggest that “differences of intellect” may have fueled the divorce. I am not sure if they are trying to imply that Perry is intellectually superior to Brand or vice versa, but I can’t imagine it’s flattering to be called dumb or to be told the person you once loved was dumb. Ouch!
- Even after she explicitly explains that “They didn’t necessarily sign up for this,” THR brings her parents into it, suggesting that Mommy and Daddy Perry are piggy-backing on their daughters fame in order to help spread a sometimes embarrassing gospel:
In January, Perry’s father was accused by two prominent Jewish groups of espousing anti-Semitic remarks during a church tour stop in Westlake, Ohio. His remarks — which allegedly included the jab: “You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey” — promptly made the news cycle and again shined a harsh light onto Perry’s life beyond the stage. Her reaction? “The media tried to destroy my parents and has taken things completely out of context, but there’s not a whole lot you can do in terms of fighting back,” says Perry. “You have to hope that it passes, which it always does. But they have to be careful. They didn’t necessarily sign up for this.”
- They make Perry sound like she is to her label little more than a cog — albeit a crucial one! — in money machine:
“When it comes to Perry’s hyper-technical performances, such as at the MuchMusic Awards on June 17, when she wore a cocoon gown that flapped open to reveal giant butterfly wings for the song “Wide Awake,” the dollar signs start to skyrocket to the tune of $200,000-plus, and the label is on the hook for it.”I’m a bit of a dreamer when it comes to having a vision, and there’s a lot of logistics and physics behind something like that,” says Perry. Not that EMI executives are complaining. “I learned pretty quick not to bet against Katy’s ideas because she’s almost always right,” says Thompson. “They are effective, the performances, and “adds Perry coyly.”
- Her song writing — a point of definite pride, and a talent that sets Perry apart — comes only at the end. And almost as an after-thought. Take us out, Nelly Furtado:
“She’s a really good songwriter,” says pop elder and fellow chart-topper Nelly Furtado. “Women are often seen only as pop icons, and people don’t stop to think that these songs are coming from a very musical place. I would put Katy Perry in that bracket — she writes her hits. That’s talent.”