Katy Perry’s rousing portrayal of the U.S. Marines in her new video for song “Part of Me” has drawn the ire of feminist author Naomi Wolf. She thinks it smacks of propaganda.
“It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines … I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it … It is truly shameful,” Wolf said.
The author argued in her 1991 book, “The Beauty Myth,” that women are held to an unattainable standard of beauty that is used to punish women physically and psychologically.
When the video was released last week, TheImproper noted that it probably did more for the Marines than a thousand recruitment commercials. Perry signs up to be a grunt after a relationship goes bad. She’s filmed going through basic training and even participating in war games.
Military recruiting is down following unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many troops were forced to do three or more tours, and some were kept in the service beyond their enlistments to meet troop needs.
“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,” Wolf wrote on her Facebook page.
Perry likely was not paid by the Marines to feature them in her video, but the service branch cooperated with the production, which probably cost tens of thousands of dollars.