Katy Perry on bad reviews: Numbers don't lie
June 23rd, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Katy Perry on bad reviews: Numbers don't lie

Pop stars don’t often get into politics, but Katy Perry is another exception.

The singer talked about the economy and health care with Rolling Stone in an issue hitting newsstands Friday, adding that she’s starting to ask more questions about what's what in politics.

“I'm only slowly but surely getting the wool taken off my eyes,” she tells RS. "I think we are largely in desperate need of revolutionary change in the way our mindset is. Our priority is fame, and people's wellness is way low.”

Of course, she says that “knowing full well that I'm a part of the problem. I'm playing the game, though I am trying to reroute.Anyway, not to get all politically divulging and introspective, but the fact that America doesn't have free health care drives me f-–ing absolutely crazy, and is so wrong."

But it doesn't sound like she's going to start singing about subjects deeper than  “daisy dukes” with “bikinis on top," as Perry admits she doesn’t expect a hit pop song to be a political game-changer.

"I'm not a dummy,” she says. "I know 'California Gurls' isn't going to save the world. But I got a lot of heart from my upbringing and I put a lot of heart in my songs."

And if a critical review or two comes in, Mrs. Russell Brand says it doesn’t bother her. "Whenever people ask me about having bad reviews, I'm like, 'Have you seen the run I’ve had? Have you see the numbers?'" she says. "Numbers do not lie!"

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  1. charlie crack

    Ooooh...maybe not the brightest girl. But, when I saw that Rolling Stone cover in my mailbox I craved Hershey's kisses all of a sudden...lol

    June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marnie

    pre teen girls define the music industry. Those are where her numbers come from.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justine

    Her comment regarding "free" health care really shows how young and out of touch she is. Who do you think pays for this "free" heath care? Higher taxes. You think gas and groceries are high now, wait until you are required to pay for some deadbeats heath care. Nothing is "free". Heath care should be available and affordable for all. Stick to singing Miss.Perry nobody cares about your opinions. Do what you want with your money but do not tell me how to spend mine.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Flyboy7588

    And I should care what this no-talent says because??????????????

    June 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric Bryce

    It's called show BUSINESS for crying out loud. The Teenage Dream album is one of only nine albums to ever produce four or more Hot 100 number ones. With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist in history to spend a whole year, 52 consecutive weeks, in the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trooffullness

    Just keep giggling and jiggling sweetie. Don't go hurting yourself with all this "thinking" business.

    June 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tonee

    Katie Perry is a liberal stooge. Just sayin'

    June 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DonJJ

    I'd take Perry over Sir Gaga any time of the day.

    June 24, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Its me

    Maybe if we focused on bring down the cost of medical supplies instead of cheese burgers we would have a better health care system.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamie b

      Yeah but that would require people to think healthy. And people like stuffing there faces so this comment is stupid. No offence.

      June 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sirmixalot

    I'd eat some of that corn hole cobbler

    June 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. charlie crack

    Katy...tell Russell to go on....girl, i'll drink your bath water!

    June 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charlie crack

    Mm hmm...Katy you are so d@mn beautiful!

    June 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. YOUBRO


    June 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YOUBRO


    June 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jujubeans

    Nice top – Katy's Kisses. I'd like to unwrap them.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kris

    @Chris – Do you have any idea what kind of taxes the Canadians pay in order to get that "free" healthcare???

    June 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Arthur Fonzarelli


    June 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Scott

    The problem with her group is she says FREE health care. Who works for free, she surely does not. This has been the big lie liberals have been pushing for decades. Look at the social program problems in the EU. They are wreaking havoc because everyone expects something for nothing, yet want a small fortune for their services. Germany is about the only country that understands math & expectations of social programs. However add up their taxes, all of them and you are paying close to 75-85%. The US pays @55%, don't know how much better things will be if we raise ours to those levels. Our HC is not that far behind theirs.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So you got brainwashed into thinking national healthcare isnt possible too? I guess Canada, Cuba, and most of Europe are doing it wrong especially since it actually works over there. Do us all a favor and dont talk about something without researching the facts. Most of all the negative things you've heard about free national healthcare in other countries is old info from when the programs were still young. You ask any canadian if they would vote to take it away and they'll spit at your feet. Do your homework and that doesnt mean listen to the hard right who are in the corporate pocket.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jurby

      i've lived in both the US and Canada and it's interesting how Canada has stated for years that it wants to be more like the US health care system while the US wants to be more like Canada's health care system. Neither system works well – in both countries, the money going into healthcare compared to what's coming out of health care (yes, i work in health care so i know well that implications for 'free' health care won't pay my salary, my rent, my health care costs, nor any of my other bills that aren't free) is unbalanced and patients who can't afford the atrocious cost of health insurance are the ones that suffer most. i understand Katy's point but she's also coming from a position where her health care insurance is a tiny pittance of the atrocious amount of money she makes.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hairy Eyed Monster

      I don't understand where this fantasy of Canadian health care from. Our system is far from perfect. I live in one of the few major cities in Canada and work in the health care industry and I can tell you that our system has major flaws. Yes, it's free. But, the staff are over-worked, underpaid, and under appreciated. Most hospitals don't have enough beds for patient care and the wait times in our ERs are usually 4-5 hours. You have to be wheeled in on a stretcher to receive immediate care. The government keeps cutting health budgets, making it impossible to compete with private care which attracts better doctors and houses the latest in medical equipment. All in all though, I do consider myself lucky to have it.

      June 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PsychloJayne

      "Maybe you were absent the day they taught economics at the academy, Ker, but NO ONE works for free!"

      June 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cletus

    dang ol katy sure is a vixen. i would smell her fart through a paper towel tube

    June 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kukla Fran and Ollie

    Rollingstone is a tired ole cliche' of itself. Go away.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie338

      Really? How long since you've read one? Matt Taibbi and other RS journalists are kicking ass right now. They've broken more huge stories in the past five years than all the other media outlets combined.

      June 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Ronnie James Dio (RIP), the INVENTOR of the HORNS, God of Rock & Roll, role model and inspiration to rockers everywhere, died... but lost out on the rolling stone cover to ... Lady Gaga.

      Anybody that calls themselves a music magazine, but thinks anything Singer De Jour does is more important than the death of a legend like Dio, is crap.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • larry

      agree. i wipe my @$$ with the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. horrible journalism. biased and completely left. not that there's anything wrong with that....

      June 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. The Måd Ræp3r

    I'm usually cool with KP, but whenever she was quoted here I could actually feel my brain cells dying.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dee Lusional

    Katy's right, numbers don't lie. I checked her talent score and it was zero.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

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