WTF? Katy Perry Mocks Britney Spears’ Mental Illness at the Grammys… Twice
Katy Perry experienced a lot of ups and downs last night. On the one hand, she was praised for her performance of her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” particularly for the political statement she made wearing a “PERSIST” arm band and standing in front of the U.S. Constitution at the end. On the other hand, some of the comments she made on the red carpet prior to the event were so problematic, they basically negate any positive remarks that were made about her act.
While speaking to Ryan Seacrest on the RC, the 32-year-old singer took a few jabs at Britney Spears. When Ryan called attention to Katy’s musical drought prior to “CttR,” the new-blonde explained, “That’s called taking care of your mental health. And I haven’t shaved my head yet.” If you remember, the now-35-year-old “Hold It Against Me” singer shaved her head in 2007 during a very-public mental breakdown.
But, wait, it didn’t stop there. When asked about her new hair hue, Katy said, “It’s like the last color in the spectrum that I can do. I’ve done all of them. The only thing left to do is, like, shave my head, which I’m really saving for a public breakdown.”
Needless to say, the Internet was not pleased:
@katyperry has "activist" in her bio. I dont know what's "activist" about mocking mental illness & perpetuating women cant shave their heads
— ?mikey (@TouchOfMyHand) February 13, 2017
— Tammy Tweets (@tspires24) February 13, 2017
i'm actually really grossed out by @katyperry's 'jokes' about britney's mental illness and breakdown. she's so faux 'woke'
— jordan (@motherphunker) February 13, 2017
Katy Perry making light of Britney Spears having an actual mental illness was problematic. And I was rooting for her. #KatyPerryIsOverParty
— Danno (@DannyWxo) February 13, 2017
Ok not sure why Katy Perry felt it necessary to shade Queen Britney and also mental illness in general but ok over her bye. #GRAMMYs
— LCS, ESQ (@_FromLCwithLove) February 13, 2017
— ? (@OopsIDidntAgain) February 13, 2017
Started to like Katy Perry again until she shaded and made fun of Britney Spears' mental illness. #KatyPerryIsOver party?
— Patrick (@p_chantraparnik) February 13, 2017
— Anna K (@annalindsay93) February 13, 2017
Katy Perry joked about mental illness/Britney's break down she's cancelled in my book pic.twitter.com/gk4Kvea9Gu
— dom (@CMONPUDDlN) February 13, 2017
— BeLikeBritney (@BeLikeBritney) February 13, 2017
The one good thing that came out of it is that Britney stans & Taylor Swift fans are joining forces:
@ Britney stans, swifties got your back.#KatyPerryIsOverParty pic.twitter.com/HeVAOCLoe9
— Arianna.♡ (@FanFicLuv12) February 13, 2017
— Jonathan Kelly (@taylorslegs13) February 13, 2017
Waiting on that Britney / Taylor Swift collab now. #katyperryisoverparty
— Glory (@BritishSpears) February 13, 2017
— the real queen b ✌️️ (@britneyjeanxx) February 13, 2017
Drama, drama, drama…
Britney isn’t the only one Katy dissed. KP is also one of the celebs who took a jab at Miley Cyrus:
When Miley first started her current lifestyle, Demi said, "[Miley] knows how I feel about the whole partying thing. I love her to death, and I'm always like, 'Okay, just be careful.' I care for her so much [that] I'm so protective."
Five months later, she was whistling a different tune, "I've always been a really motivated, driven fighter, so when I first got sober I was like, 'I'm gonna show all of you. You think I can't get sober? Well watch me!' And then now I've stuck to it because it's made my life so much better. And there's a lot of young people who look up to me and there needs to be someone that stands out and says it's not about molly and partying and all that stuff." (Remember, Miley likes "dancing with molly.")
Nowadays, the former BFFs are practically strangers, "We're acquaintances... It's life, and people change, and, you know, I don't have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best."