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Katy Perry Would Rewrite "I Kissed A Girl" To Remove "Stereotypes"
You remember this song: "I kissed a girl and I liked it. …"
"I Kissed A Girl," the 2008 inescapable tune from Katy Perry, made waves for its provocative and catchy nature, becoming the pop singer/songwriter's first career No. 1 hit. It also earned her first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the 51st GRAMMY Awards.
But the song also received a lot of criticism for its handling of sexual orientation with flippant — and to many critics, dismissive — lyrics such as "I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don't mind it" and, "It's not what good girls do/Not how they should behave."
In a new interview with Glamour, Perry opened up about changing some of the lyrics to the song that put her on the map. While she didn't explain which lines in particular might get an overhaul, she did say, "That was in 2008 when it came out. I think we've really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We've come a long way."
Perry co-wrote the song with hit maker Max Martin, Dr. Luke and British songwriter Cathy Dennis. And if she were writing it today, it would likely have a different set of lyrics.
"If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it," Perry said. "Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What's true for you can evolve."