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Katy Perry embarrassment should be over privileged hypocrisy, not guns

Katy Perry’s “heart goes out to” fans -- as long as they stay behind the barricades and are no match for her security escort.
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Reacting to the murder-suicide at Maryland’s Mall in Columbia, singer Katy Perry took to Twitter Saturday to voice her sentiments, ET Online reported.

"Is anyone else really sad about the constant stream of shootings and how normal it's becoming to see these headlines on a weekly basis?" Perry tweeted.

"Scared to go to school?” she asked in a follow-up tweet. “Scared to go to the mall? Scared to go to the movies? Me too. When will there be ACTUAL change? How many more?!"

"You and I both know this is getting embarrassing,” she concluded. “MY heart goes out to ALL the victims & their families this week. I pray for change."

What Perry means by “change” for those her "heart goes out to” is left to the imagination. That the mall was a posted “no guns” zone in a state that has restrictive gun laws preventing “law-abiding” citizens from being armed, and that a shotgun was used by the killer, a firearm touted by no less than Joe Biden as his preferred defensive weapon, leads to the inescapable conclusion that the singer deems even that is too much.

So naturally, Piers Morgan invited her on his show to “talk about guns” because “[we] need voices like you to effect change.”

If “gun free zones” are not enough, if nearly-impossible-to-get carry permits are not enough, and if limiting firearms to shotguns is not enough, what further changes Morgan and Perry have in mind will at least be instructive to learn about. Still, if Perry is truly capable of feeling embarrassment, perhaps a look at her privileged status and the benefits she enjoys from it is in order. That’s because they’re indirectly provided by the fans she deems untrustworthy to provide for their own defense, and by a media that gives those fans the “news” on Katy they hunger for.

“Katy Perry and Russell Brand's Bodyguards Allegedly Assaulting Paparazzi in India,” AceShowBiz reported a few years back. Per the report, the then-couple’s personal goon squad left photographers stranded in a jungle safari tiger park by taking their car keys, smashing a camera, smashing one’s glasses, and beating them up, leaving one with a cut arm and another with “a bleeding wound on his head.”

While she may, indeed, be "scared to go to" schools, malls and movies, it’s not exactly like Katy’s team has slacked off in her post-Brand era, including in this country [Warning: You Tube video contains language some may be offended by].

With that in mind, perhaps Perry ought to be encouraged to take Morgan up on his offer, that is, as long as she brings a proactively aggressive security detail with her.


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