We Can’t Stop Kissing Girls and Liking It: Examining the Cyrus-Perry Saliva Exchange

                        We Can’t Stop Kissing Girls and Liking It

      Miley Cyrus has been making headlines for a while now with her antics—Twerking, sticking out her tongue like she has some muscular ailment, and acting like she is allergic to close. That’s her prerogative. It is not stuff that I look for in musical performance, but hey, it’s her choice. When she wore a unicorn onesie and danced to “Wop,” I laughed. When she bent-down and shook her butt practically naked on Beetle Juice Robin Thicke, my stomach churned. Now that she played tonsil hockey with Katy Perry, I have to speak about it, for I find it insulting. It seems like she and Perry have appropriated, to some degree, homosexuality, and it is wrong.

          This is Miley Cyrus’ world, and we are all merely spectators in it. This past weekend, as part of her Bangerz tour, Cyrus stopped off in Vancouver. At some point, she bent down to kiss a member of her audience: the one and only Katy Perry. The saliva exchange, no doubt, made headlines, and for all the wrong reasons.   You can argue until you are blue in the face that there is nothing wrong with two girls kissing. No arguments from this corner. Homosexuality has been condemned throughout time, and Miley and Katy’s apparent appropriation is harmful as well.

            Today’s entertainment world really is a stage, for it is where a lot of taboos are seemingly broken, where scandals and awe-generating moments tend to unfold. When Katy Perry’s breakout single “I Kissed a Girl” came out in 2008, there was much controversy. Some called her out for appropriating girl-on-girl behavior. Critic AllMusic.com stated that, “[T]he problem is not with Katy’s gender-bending, it’s that her heart isn’t in it; she’s just using it to get her places, so she sinks to crass, craven depth.”

    With her grill-wearing and Twerking, Miley Cyrus, too, has been called out for cultural appropriation. There’s nothing wrong, let me reiterate, about two girls kissing. It just seems that Cyrus and Perry do things like this just to garner attention. This crassly handles the subject of female-female relationships. Call me a hater, but I feel like celebrities resort to these antics just because they are attention-hungry. I know that they are entertainers, as opposed to plain-old musicians, but I feel like attention-grabbing is a field in itself.

This is a free country, and Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry can do whatever they want. Also, I am free to critique it, and I find it shameful.

            

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Narcissism: The Trait of the Entertainer?

            In the entertainment world, there is often a suspension of reality. When I watch Selena, I see Selena Quintanilla-Perez, not Jenny from the Block. In the music world, that suspension of reality exists, I believe, for some musicians. For example, when a performer hits the stage, she is no longer just “that person,” but rather, an alter ego. When Beyonce steps onto a stage, she becomes Sasha Fierce, Yonce, or whatever other name she is going by now. As she such, she has artistic license to say and do whatever she pleases. This, my friends, is a problem.

 

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      Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles are two of the biggest acts in music today. Beyonce is currently in headlines for releasing a surprise album, and not informing the public with any type of promotion, and having that album rise to #1 on Billboard.  Kanye West is known for his engagement to socialite Kim Kardashian, for siring a child whose name sounds more like a direction or an airline, and for his immature, sometimes funny, rants. Both superstars are further connected, aside from their business and personal connections to Jay-Z, for their over-the-top personalities. Beyonce has those names which I’ve mentioned about, and Kanye is the heavenly, celestial Yeezus. They’re not “artistic.” They’re annoying and sometimes disrespectful.

Let us take Kanye, because we have so much information on him. Some of his most well-known songs are “Gold Digger,” which is somewhat ironic considering Kanye’s romantic relationship with Kim Kardashian (yes, Kim Kardashian can make money, or “gold,” on her own, but she’s getting a lot more attention from Kanye. Now, her influence is not just in the world visual [television] entertainment, but in the musical sphere as well], as well as “Jesus Walks,” which is itself ironic, considering how the song decries the rejection of Jesus and the influence of Satan, but Kanye is becoming blasphemous and hubristic, which are, in all Christian respects, sins.  “Yeezus” is a fusion of Kanye’s nickname “Yeezy” with the first name of Christianity’s heralded savior. If you don’t believe in God, and, therefore, Jesus, then fusing your name with Christ’s does not scream of hypocritical blasphemy. Maybe Kanye is no longer Christian, so the charge of hypocritical blasphemy does not apply to him. However, with him always thanking God, I doubt that that is the case. Then, there’s another topic: hypocrisy and business. In Kanye’s song “New Slaves,” one of the trademark songs of his Yeezus album, he calls out the black people who are buying (pun intended) into the promises of corporations. “What you want? A Bentley? Fur coat? A Diamond chain? All you black want all the same things. Used to only be niggas, now everybody playin’, spending everything on Alexander Wang, new slaves.” Talk about hypocrisy at its finest. Kanye not only sells music, but he produces clothing (at least shirts and sneakers). A pair of his sneakers recently sold at around $16,000,000. Unless those shoes have some type of cure for cancers or other potentially fatal diseases, they are not worth $16,000,000. Hell, they’re not even worth $500, in my humble opinion. Is Kanye working from an insider’s perspective? Is he saying that he has had a first-hand look at corporations, and therefore he is fit to decry them and those who support them with money? Well, he is still involved with these corporations, so I do not think so.

Next, we have Beyonce, also known as Sasha Fierce, B, Queen B, Yonce, and, lastly, Her Royal Ass-ness.  If entertainers all were to be represented by a certain quality or body part,  Beyonce’s butt would do the talking for her. With her latest album, which is self-titled, she did no promotions, did not inform the public at large of her upcoming release. A simple link from her Tumblr page directed one to iTunes, through which her album was being sold. With someone as famous as Beyonce, the lack of promotion really did  not hurt. One of her songs, “Drunk In Love,” has become an anthem for romance, in which the participants are so overwhelmed with their love and happiness that they are “drunk.” In another song, however, lies controversy. In the song “XO,” she plays footage from the 1986 call of distress from the Challenger spacecraft. The song “XO” really has nothing to do with extraterrestrial travel. It is about saying goodbye to a romantic relationship. Fittingly, many called out Her Royal Ass-ness for her appropriation of the distress call. She claims that she was honoring the fallen, but that is clearly not true. Is she writing a song about losing a loved one to a Challenger-like explosion? No. Beyonce clearly has become shock-value, no substance here.

Now, some might call me a hater of both Beyonce and Kanye West. Let me save you he trouble: both people have been in the  headlines lately. As such,  I obviously came across them. Also, I feel that it is clearly disrespectful what both individuals have done. Right now, Beyonce and Kanye West are not showing themselves to be performers or artists; they’re acting like narcissists. 

Super Pope: Making Some Catholics “Super” Mad

The man born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio now goes by many names: Pope Francis, Francis, Padre, Pontiff, Francesco, His Holiness, and my favorite, Super Pope. As far as I’m aware, he, unfortunately, does not fly and is not susceptible to kryptonite. He is, however, a miracle, as he is a dose of common sense for the backwards logic/hypocrisy of Catholicism. With one speech, he restored my faith in the, well, faith: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Now, before you get your robes in a bunch, I am Catholic. So do not take this post as some outsider insulting the faith. Appropriately, I am an insider, making me fit to decry some of the principles of Catholicism. The Catholic Church and homosexuality have been at odds with one another, like Tyson-and-Holyfield odds. Some Catholics have decried homosexuality as an “abomination.” For them, homosexuality is the epitome of physical and moral depravity. Now, the Pope’s statement speaks on one of the principles of Christianity. The “[W]ho am I to judge?” speaks on John 8:7, ‘Let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.’ Now, I’m not expecting everyone who is fervently against homosexuality to suddenly embrace it. Simply, refraining from statements such as “God hates gays” and the like would be nice. I’m heterosexual. That is indisputable; ask my friends. I don’t understand what attracts two women to each other, or two men to each other. However, if it’s anything like my attraction to a male, then it’s not something that can be explained. It’s just innate. One could say that I’m attracted to a male because our genitalia are compatible for reproduction, but what about straight couples who don’t want kids? Attraction is there just because. With homosexuality, my opinion is reminiscent of one of Western thinking’s forefathers (I thought that it was Voltaire, but I’ve heard that it wasn’t. I’m not sure): I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I’m not homosexual, but I will stand for the defense of homosexuals. By the way, let’s just stop referring to them only by their sexuality.Orientation, for those to whom it applies, is just one component of the magnificent human whole. 

I applaud Pope Francis for not passing judgement. i think that his statement should be extended to, “If someone is gay and has good will, who am I to judge?” Not everyone seeks the Lord, or seeks peace through the Lord. Baby steps, people. Baby steps. Thank you, Pope Francis, for showing me that superheroes do exist. Superheroes aren’t the one’s with superhuman, out-of-this-world power; they’re the one’s who make use of their human qualities of compassion and understanding when they are told not to.Bravo, Pope Francis; it is nice to see that you’ve matured.

 

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