Katy Perry says she would rewrite the lyrics to her popular debut 2008 single “I Kissed a Girl” to reflect the changing views on sexuality.
In a video for Glamour, Perry watched fans cover some of her biggest songs. When one fan covers “I Kissed a Girl,” Perry reflects on how the song “has a couple of stereotypes.”
“We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity,” Perry says. “If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. 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.”
In 2008, lesbian singer Ditto slammed Perry for the song calling it a “Boner dyke anthem for straight girls who like to turn guys on by making out or, like, faking gay.”
Ditto continued, “She’s [Perry] just riding on the backs of our culture, without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all.”
Last year while accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, Perry admitted she did “more than” just kiss a girl. Miley Cyrus, who has been friends with Perry for a decade, also claims that she is the cherry-chapstick wearing girl that Perry wrote the song about.
“When she came out with ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ I was doing the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie, and I heard her on the radio, they said, ‘Who’d you write that about?’ And she said me,” Cyrus said.