The pop star has undoubtedly had many big hits dominate the charts. She has also matched them with some insane performance outfits. But when Katy Perry’s not making people dance or in awe of her costumes and hair, she still finds ways to keep them talking about her — for better or for worse.
There have been multiple times when she has been accused of being racist or homophobic. Sometimes this is coming from her music or how she choose to dress. Other times it’s from people who have actually met her or what she posts on social media.
So what are the moments that have caused Perry to be in hot water and the subject of public outrage? Here are her top 15 most controversial moments so far ranked by what got the least to the most outrage from fans.
15. The “I Kissed A Girl” controversy
The singer became a star with her hit, “I Kissed A Girl,” but not everyone was a fan of its message. Some people in the LGBTQ community claimed the song was homophobic because it was seemingly about a straight girl “acting” gay. Others hated the song because it promoted women kissing women.
The singer eventually won the National Equality Award for the song and gave a little more insight into what it’s about in the acceptance speech. “I’m just a singer-songwriter, honestly. I speak my truths, and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-size pop songs,” she said, according to Vanity Fair. “For instance, I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, I did more than that.”