My Problem With Katy Perry’s Nude PSA

When I heard that Katy Perry was doing a nude PSA for National Voter Registration Day, my first thought was Ugh. Really?

I’m not going to post the PSA itself because “naked Katy Perry” is not my idea of entertainment.

My idea of entertainment is sitting in front of a fireplace while listening to the Skyrim soundtrack.

I have a problem with this PSA.

What is my problem?

This:

Katy Perry is naked for no other reason than shock value.

Yes: There was a point to Katy Perry’s PSA. The point was “You can’t go to the polls in whatever state of being you want.”

But: I call bullshit.

Why?

Because I believe that this PSA ultimately exists to make people go “I can’t believe Katy Perry did that.” And since Katy Perry is currently trending on social media, I would say she was successful.

Now:

I’m not objecting to Katy Perry’s PSA because I’m a prude and, thus, can’t stand the sight of nudity.

I believe that the naked human body is beautiful and inherently “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

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I believe that one way to combat porn and objectification is through portrayals of the naked human body, in art and in real life, that draw attention to its inherent beauty and goodness and, thus, draw attention to peoples’ inherent beauty and goodness.

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And it is because I believe those things that I also believe it’s wrong that Katy Perry is naked for the sake of being naked.

I had the same problem with Kim Kardashian’s “internet-breaking” nude pictures: It was nudity for the sake of nudity. There was no deeper meaning to it. Kim Kardashian was naked for no other reason than to (basically) say “Hey, everyone! Guess what! I’m naked!”

Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian are like the talking dog at the Shell Shack: Instead of singing, they’re taking their clothes off.*

*Am I saying that Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian are dogs? No.
What I am saying is: Like the singing dog at the Shell Shack, what Katy and Kim are doing will draw attention.

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11 thoughts on “My Problem With Katy Perry’s Nude PSA

    1. I agree with you: The more we treat going in the nude as something scandalous and extreme, the more we contribute to rape culture.

      I don’t have a problem with Katy and Kim going nude.

      What I have a problem with is why Katy and Kim go nude.

      From everything I read about Katy and Kim going nude, I came to the conclusion that their reason for going nude was to shock.

      Of course, I could be wrong about Katy’s and Kim’s reason for going nude. But, for now, all the information I have points towards Katy and Kim going nude for the sake of being scandalous and extreme.

      I don’t believe that nudity should be thought of as scandalous and extreme. And I explain why in this paragraph of the post:

      “I believe that one way to combat porn and objectification is through portrayals of the naked human body, in art and in real life, that draw attention to its inherent beauty and goodness and, thus, draw attention to peoples’ inherent beauty and goodness.”

    2. Also:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on what I’d written.

      Like you, I don’t want going nude to be seen as something scandalous or extreme.

      I just don’t like it though when it seems that the reason a person goes nude is because of the shock they know they’ll cause.

      On the one hand: Nudity needs to be seen as something natural and beautiful. And one way that happens is by people going nude.

      On the other hand: People, it seems, tend to go nude not in order to say “My body is natural and beautiful” but to say “Hey! I’m naked!”

      1. I agree: The human body is not an attraction.

        There are ways to show the human body in public in non-attraction ways.

        For example: I’ve heard of women going nude as a form of protest against sexual violence.

        We need more women doing that, and less women taking nude pictures for the sake of “breaking the internet.”

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