TBT: “I kissed a girl”, Rebellious In 2008, But Not That Much Of A Shocker In 2021

Throwback Thursday

For today’s throwback, we’re looking at Katy Perry’s album “one of the boys” from 2008, the first CD I’ve ever bought and loved. The Album was one of her biggest successes in the 2000s as it carries songs like “I Kissed A Girl”, “Hot and Cold”, and “Ur So Gay”. Even though I still love this Album (mostly because I can remember how dearly I wanted to have it back then), when I listen to it nowadays it makes me realize how much time has passed since 2008. Many songs and lyrics that seemed so rebellious back then wouldn’t be a shocker in 2021. Not even close. The best example for that is, of course, the hit “I Kissed A Girl”. 

In 2008, a lot of people were amazed by the lyrics and Katy Perry’s “bravery” to confess something like that (especially because of the “and I liked it” part). The song even won the “People’s Choice Award” in the category “Favorite Pop Song”. In 2021, the “confession” that a woman likes to kiss another woman wouldn’t be worth a gaze for most people. But maybe the world of Pop needed songs like “I Kissed A Girl” in the early and mid-2000s in order to make songs like “WAP” (Cardi B, 2020) and “Slumber Party” (Ashnikko, 2021) in the 2020s possible. 

Whatever songs will come in the next few years, I’m really hoping that calling a man “gay” even though he apparently “don’t even like boys” and suggesting that he’ll “hang himself with his H&M scarf” like described in Katy’s infamous “Ur So Gay” lyrics will stay way back in the past where it belongs.