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?
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.