Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appétit’ Video Tries For Sexual Liberation, But Fans Only See Cannibalism

Managing Editor, Music
05.12.17 4 Comments

Katy Perry released her Migos-featuring new single “Bon Appétit” a couple weeks ago, it came as the follow up to her initial return “Chained To The Rhythm” and the teasing of another new song — via her Met Gala outfit — “Witness.”

But this also came alongside a rather off-putting comment she made about President Obama when fans were complaining that they missed her “black” hair, and a reminder from one of the Weeknd’s go-to producers, Nav, that she had allegedly referred to him and his friends as “n—-s” with no understanding of why that was no okay with them.

So maybe it’s not so surprising that the video for “Bon Appétit,” in which she is turned into literal food and calling it “sexual liberation” is not really achieving that goal. She released the clip today, writing on Twitter “Hot and ready to serve, but make no mistake I’m not your piece of 🍖 🔪 ☝🏻🍒,” with a link to the video and the hashtag: #sexualliberation.

But given the fact that she’s near naked most of the video, extremely sexualized as the only female figure and literally being handled by men who turn her body into dough as they massage her, the liberation message isn’t coming through very clearly. Yes, she puts men in a pie at the end –which explains her pie recipe from the other day — but instead of seeing that as liberation, people are seeing… cannibalism.

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