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Katy Perry: Ur So Gay
Katy Perry Ur So Gay

Katy Perry Tells an Ex "Ur So Gay"

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I usually feel pretty immune to dumb pop songs. But Katy Perry's debut song, Ur So Gay, reaches a new low.

The song is supposedly about an ex (possibly Pete Wentz?) of Perry's. It's your standard, we broke up, you done me wrong, now I'm going to bash you in song, ode that we've heard a million times before.

But this version comes with a twist. The major crime of Katy's ex is not cheating or partying. Nope. It is being a straight guy who acts "gay." That is, if being gay means you are a soy eating, make-up wearing, Mozart listening, electric car driving depressive.

Perry sings:

I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf / While j**ing off listening to Mozart / You b*** and moan about LA / Wishing you were in the rain reading Hemingway / You don’t eat meat / And drive electrical cars You’re so indie rock it’s almost an art / You need SPF 45 just to stay alive / You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys

Does Perry think that because she sings about kissing a girl in I Kissed a Girl she negates the homophobic references in Ur So Gay? That she's "part of the club" so it's okay? Or does she, like so many others, buy the notion that it's sexy and cool for two (straight) women to hook-up, but gross for guys to exhibit "gay" traits?

Whatever, her motivation, Perry's song reveals a lot more about her true character than it does about her ex, a guy who based on her song, I might actually enjoy hanging out with.

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