Feminist author Naomi Wolf is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry because the music video for her latest hit single, ‘Part Of Me,’ is, according to her, “propaganda for the Marines.”
In the video, Perry plays a girl who finds her boyfriend hanging around a little too close to another woman. After telling the man that it’s over, Perry’s character furiously chops off her hair and proceeds to enlist in the Marines. The video shows Perry going through basic training for the Marines, but there’s little in the way of “combat” footage.
Many consider the song–and the video–to be empowering to women, but Wolf says that the ‘Part Of Me‘ music video is “glorification of violence.” Here’s what Wolf had to say about Perry’s “propaganda” music video:
“I really want to find out if she was paid by [the U.S. Marines] for making it… it is truly shameful,” Wolf wrote on her Facebook page. “I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”
Going by the singer’s recent interview with MTV, Perry wasn’t looking to promote any sort of military–in fact, it sounds like she was trying to promote female empowerment, if anything.
“It’s an affirmation of strength, so I wanted to go the strongest route I ever could,” she explained. “Literally, I was like, ‘I’m gonna join the service. I’m gonna join the Marines.’ We used only Marines. … For three days, I was a wannabe Marine, which was so difficult.”
If you haven’t seen the music video that Naomi Wolf is calling “propaganda”, you can check out Katy Perry’s “Part Of Me” music video for yourself below.