Katy Perry’s music video for her wake-up-sheeple! single “Chained to the Rhythm” has all the candy-colored markings of a Katy Perry video and takes place in an amusement park called Oblivia that’s designed to be a false utopia of thrills. (America is the metaphor, you see, and some white Americans have realized it’s not as great as they thought.)

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Let’s take a look around.

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That’s “America.”

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And Katy Perry is a mixture of Jane and Judy Jetson.

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This is supposed to be “the greatest ride in the universe.” America is supposed to be “the greatest.”

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But is it?

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Is it........??

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No it’s not. Look at these houses dangling like broken dreams.

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Look at all the oblivious people. It’s like they’re enjoying life when suddenly...

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They’re thrown...

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Suddenly, some of them start to realize what’s really going on here.

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They’re seeing life in 3D. It’s becoming clear.

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Skip Marley still has to explain it a bit, though.

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He’s tired of doing that but he’s the messenger.

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Katy is starting to see. This is the awakening. We’ve been living in bubbles.

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She’s almost there.... Is this... what it means to be....?

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Wait, this isn’t utopia!

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And now she gets it.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

“Well gracious! I wasn’t sure about whether systemic oppression of underclasses and minorities and disadvantaged groups was really a problem, and I didn’t really take the urgent outcry that the Black music community has been putting out for the last 40 years seriously, because all that hiphop rap music just promotes thug culture and cop-killers and it’s so misogynistic, but now that an attractive candy-colored white girl is singing about it, I guess I’m ready to do my part for the systematic overthrow of the fascist police state! Just lemme finish this poster and I’ll be right down for the protest!”¹

-wipipo, probably

¹(“just not those ‘Black Lives Matters’ or ‘Occupy’ people. I heard they’re just looters looking for handouts”²)

²(“Or those Standing Rock people, because this country needs jobs”)