There was nothing subtle about Katy Perry's performance at the Grammys last night. The singer, who has been one of Hillary Clinton's most vocal supporters, got on stage wearing a white pantsuit (hat tip, Hillary!), a "Persist" armband (hat tip, Elizabeth!) and a Planned Parenthood pin—she was basically a one-woman women's march and she looked fly af.
The pop star then sang her new single "Chained to the Rhythm" with an assist from Bob Marley's grandson, Skip Marley, against a backdrop of a white house surrounded by a white picket fence. We don't need to read between the lines to see that this is a critique of American culture and a big FU to the current administration.
But just for fun, let's read between the lines anyway!
The lyrics of the song, along with the symbolism of the white picket fence, take aim at American complacency:
Are we crazy?
Living our lives through a lens
Trapped in our white-picket fence
So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, the trouble
Skip Marley, who's featured on the track, also joined Perry on stage for the performance. In case you're still doubting this song's political overtones, Marley raps:
It is my desire
Break down the walls to connect, inspire
Ay, up in your high place, liars
Time is ticking for the empire
The truth they feed is feeble
As so many times before
They greed over the people
They stumbling and fumbling
And we're about to riot
They woke up, they woke up the lions
"Ay, up in your high place, liars"? Pretty clear who he's talking about. And given that Bob Marley was famous for his anti-establishment songwriting, his grandson's presence just added another layer to this anti-Trump, pro-resistance musical middle finger.
At the end of the performance, the words of the US Constitution appeared projected on the wall behind her (does it get any more political??). Perry then ended the performance by declaring: "No hate!"
Planned Parenthood noticed:
And Perry's BFF Rihanna had maybe the best reaction of the night:
You can watch the music video here:
If you told me in 2007 that Katy Perry would be a voice of the resistance in a society ruled by a power-hungry reality star I would've been like "GO HOME, YOU'RE DRUNK." But here we are.