When an artist is promoting their upcoming album, there is a certain protocol they have to follow: repetitive interviews with lousy journalists who don't do their research, single releases, etc. However, it seems that as of late, celebs are getting a little more creative with the way they promote themselves. Mac Demarco
recently pulled a little stunt where he tried hiring an intern for his fan club
right before the release of his album This Old Dog.
Convenient timing, right? Lorde
previewed her first single in four years, "Green Light," via a thrilling scavenger hunt in Aukland
, and in anticipation of her single "Chained To The Rhythm," Katy Perry
placed disco balls all over the world
. Those aren't even the craziest promo tactics though, and speaking of Katy Perry, the disco balls are nothing compared to her latest actions. As we get closer to the release of her upcoming album, Witness,
her life in the public eye seems to get nuttier and nuttier. This week when we were shuffling through potential stories for WTF Weekly, we found one too many Katy Cat-related incidents, so we thought, why not feature all of them?
Whether these are strategic promotional stunts or Katy's genuinely losing her sanity, there's one thing we know for sure: it's entertaining as hell.
1. The Katy/Taylor beef is so well done that it's nearly burnt, and Katy may have just taken it off the grill.
After all these years, I never thought either of these ladies would own up and call it quits on this feud, but it looks like we have finally found out who is the bigger person in this situation: Katy Perry.
If you don't already know, Katy and Taylor Swift were
cool with each other once. It wasn't until 2014, when Swift accused Katy of stealing her arena tour dancers; ever since then, it's been downhill. Katy pledged that no one is going to "defame her character"
, and then Swift rounded up a bunch of girls and ganged up on Katy with her "Bad Blood" video
. There was also some drama with the two having dated John Mayer.
Fast forward to now. Katy recently made an appearance on The Late Late Show
for James Corden's famous Carpool Karaoke segment. When Corden brought up the beef, Katy, like a true class act, fully addressed it and basically said "yes, the beef is real, but it's cooked now, and I'm ready to take it off the grill!"
and also quoted it as "petty bullshit." Watch the clip below:
I can just hear the lyrics to Taylor's next single now: "Welcome to
New York Hell, it's been waiting for you! Welcome to Hell, welcome to Hell!"
2. Migos may have refused to perform with drag queens for Katy Perry's SNL performance.
First of all, let's talk about this performance. I think it deserves to stand as a separate WTF moment all on its own. When I first watched this performance, I couldn't help but think, "why does Katy look like she has never performed a day in her life?"
Sure, the song doesn't lay down a very solid foundation to build off of, but she looks so paralyzed and... scared? The energy was so low, I felt like I was watching Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance all over again
, and I'm sorry, but that move she breaks into around the 2:22 mark is straight up stolen from Zumba. I know because I nail that move once a week in my Zumba class.
After that performance, World of Wonder
reported (and then deleted) a statement that there was supposed to be a lot more drag queens sitting around the table during that performance, but they decided to cut back because Migos wasn't comfortable with their presence. World of Wonder
's post below:
"I was one of the performers on that table with them the whole time, during the rehearsal for 3 days. On the day of the filming, when I got there, I was told to leave. I wasn't on the set at the time, but we were asking what happened. They said it was because Migos doesn't feel comfortable with having drag queens there.
I heard it from the stylist. They changed the queens out in the Bon Appetit number, and they didn't seem too thrilled during rehearsal either, with us there.
I work at SNL and the rumors are true! Migos held up rehearsal because they 'werent comfortable with the drag queens' being there. There were initially more drag queens on the set for that song, but after Migos threw a fit, Katy Perry's team removed some of the queens from the performance."
Migos already faced backlash for coming off as homophobic in a Rolling Stone interview
after iLoveMakonnen came out as gay.
Honestly, I don't understand why Migos would feel uncomfortable dancing alongside drag queens. What they should
be afraid of is dancing with Katy Perry.
3. Katy Perry is still doing American Idol... But wait, it gets worse.
We've established that so far, Katy Perry is the only confirmed judge on the unfortunate reboot of American Idol.
So what's the story here? Um, she just told the public that she's being paid $25 million
to sit at a table and scream "you suck!"
at aspiring singers. OK, maybe she won't be that mean, but maybe she actually will be, because she also told
WKTU's Cubby and Carolina in the Morning
that she is going to give a lot of "constructive criticism" on the show, and she's "polite, but firm."
But back to her paycheck. $25 million?! The only AI
judge who made more than that was Simon Cowell, who made nearly double - $45 million per year - and also had a producer credit. Perry went on to say, "I'm really proud that, as a woman, I got paid. And you know why? I got paid more than pretty much any guy that's been on that show. And by the way, I love men, so I'm a paid woman, and I'm ready for a beautiful man." Well maybe Katy and Simon should link up to form the highest paid AI
couple of all time? That'd be horrifying.