Hip-hop and rap “love songs” seem to be ever more about the person singing or rapping, and about their sexual prowess, power, or wealth (aka “bling”), than about the object of their affection. It’s so self-absorbed it’s embarrassing, or at least it would be if their fan base took the time to think critically about lyrics, or in some cases, if they didn't glorify self-absorption. Katy Perry is one of the more recent top 40 offenders.
In Perry’s music video, “Dark Horse,” she appears as an Egyptian goddess who encounters several men she literally destroys with her beauty. Note that she wrote the song and decided on the direction of the video. Embarrassed for her? You should be.
One of the men she destroys is turned to ash when she looks at him and smiles. Another who raps, "I thought that I might hit it and quit it" (to translate for you, "hit" is sex, and even more tragically, "it," is another human being; in this case, Perry) finds himself “addicted,” reduced to a panting dog, and begging for more. He is literally transformed and has the body of a puppy and face of a man at the end of the video. (It’s important to note that Perry is very popular among middle school girls.)
In other words, he thought he might turn her into an object and use her but she “wins” by sexually dominating him. And of course the world’s liberated view of sexuality and feminine “power” is so much healthier than our repressed, guilt stained Catholicism with its antiquated notions of self-mastery and life-giving self-donation, right? (I hope you’re catching my sarcasm.)
What might strike the average pre-teen fan as funny about the video actually offers a striking glimpse into the demonic nature of contemporary culture’s treatment of sex. Yes. I just did that. I just called the modern world’s approach to sex “the devil.” But before you accuse me of going all “Church lady” on you, let me explain.
And explain he does, more than adequately.
Read the rest and minimally walk away a tad more enlightened about how beauty, something God given and meant to draw us toward the person of His Son is instead today being used to draw us away from Him.
All this made all the more revealing when you understand Katy Perry was once an aspiring Christian singer.