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Katy Perry’s Dark Horse music video

The video has already been viewed 237,540,860 times on YouTube, so I guess I must be one of the last people on the planet to watch it.

Wow! What an amazing video. Is Katy Perry a secret fan of the science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1? Because that’s what the song and the music video are obviously borrowing from. A search of the internet reveals that hardly anyone has noticed the connection besides me.

I am sad that Katy has marred her otherwise perfect arm with an ugly tattoo. This must be what the late Paul Fussell meant by “prole drift.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Music videos

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  1. One small tat is a negative, but not too bad.


    April 19, 2014 at 12:37 am

  2. For parts of the lower class, tats are a form of conspicuous consumption. Like jewelry, people in the know can tell how much you spent, so for each one that is well-done, it says: look I once had $600! 7 times! And unlike jewelry tattoos can’t be lost or stolen.


    April 19, 2014 at 12:40 am

  3. As an indicator of prole-ness, tattoos are only surpassed by obesity and Las Vegas vacations.

    Fortress of Prolitude

    April 19, 2014 at 12:45 am

    • Proleness also signifies lack of refinement and well-roundedness.

      We have a lot of cats here in NYC who don’t know sh*t about anything, other than their jobs, getting stoned and getting laid.


      April 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    • Tattoos look terrible on women, without exception. They don’t look great on men, either.


      April 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

      • While tattoos on women aren’t particularly nice, they are orders of magnitude better than that horrible thing almost all women do to their bodies.



        April 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

      • The other thing isn’t permanent.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      • I’d much rather the other thing than tattoos. At least the other thing has some logistical upsides. And, as Lion mentions, isn’t permanent anyway.


        April 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      • Peter, are you even against trimming down to an 1.5 inches once a month or so?


        April 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    • I’ve heard it is against the rules for Jews to get tattoos. For once religion has stumbled into tastefulness (and I think this prohibition is unconnected with the horrendous Nazi use of tattoos).


      April 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      • Secular Jews are all tatted up these days, just like gentiles.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      • “Secular Jews are all tatted up these days,”

        In my experience secular jews are far less likely to get tattoos than their peers.


        April 20, 2014 at 12:32 am

      • People tend to throw the baby out with the supernatural bathwater. But religion also contains values and standards that discourages a lot of self-destructive and trashy behavior. Prohibitions against tattoos are a great example. I can’t emphasize enough how put off I am by them. I completely agree that this is prole drift. Not even decent, hardworking prole but trashy prole. About the only exception I’ll make is for a a marine with “Semper Fi” on their bicep.


        April 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

      • For professional musicians, chefs, and those in a few other lines of work, tattoos don’t have negative connotations.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      • Looks like Leviticus 19:28 fully anticipated Perry.

        You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29’Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness.…


        April 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    • I’ve seen proles with tattoo wedding rings. I thought it was clever. It’s affordable and you can’t take it off.


      April 20, 2014 at 4:36 am

      • About the only exception I’ll make is for a a marine with “Semper Fi” on their bicep.

        Seconding destructure. Only military male personel look good with a tatoo. Anyone else, especially women, is exhibiting white trash and black norms (which has now infected the upper classes).

        The Undiscovered Jew

        April 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  4. Just about all singers and musicians have tattoos these days.


    April 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

    • Just about all singers and musicians have short careers without enough money or stability to start a family.

      The Anti-Gnostic

      April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

  5. 1) Her videos tend to be creative and elaborate. I’m not sure she comes up with all the concepts on her own though. See, her video for Roar, for example. Doesn’t mean she’s a Tarzan fan.

    2) For her background, see her movie Part Of Me. She is very talented, but comes from what you would probably consider a “Prole” background (her parents are or were traveling evangelical preachers).

    3) Incidentally, she’s one of a few pop stars with a church background. Another is Hayley Williams from Paramore.

    Dave Pinsen

    April 19, 2014 at 2:27 am

    • There are quite a few singers, musicians, and actors from this type of background. Not surprising since evangelical preachers and pop entertainers utilize the same set of skills.

      Fortress of Prolitude

      April 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  6. Look Lion..College debates are racist…

    Will we see “white flight” from the college debate scenes? Stay tuned…


    April 19, 2014 at 2:56 am

    • “Hardy and others are also disappointed with what they perceive as a lack of civility and decorum at recent competitions, and believe that the alternative-style debaters have contributed to this environment. “Judges have been very angry, coaches have screamed and yelled. People have given profanity-laced tirades, thrown furniture, and both sides of the ideological divide have used racial slurs,” he said.”

      Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.


      April 19, 2014 at 2:59 am

    • It is a way for black debaters to get a huge advantage. When the argument is who is the blackest debater, they will always win. They do not have to learn about the topic, they do not have to worry about being on the affirmative or negative, and they do not need to be quick on their feet if they make the same argument every time.


      April 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    • The problem with that article is that it plays on the readers assumption that the CEDA debate network is traditional.

      The CEDA debate network uses a paradigm in debating called “policy debate.” The purpose is not to train promising lawyers in the art of rhetoric, elocution and critical-thinking, but rather to train students in the art of speed reading — perhaps as prospective auctioneers.

      Debaters speak at speeds of 400 words per minute without ever engaging the audience. The purpose of speaking so quickly is to put as many ideas or arguments on the table as possible, hoping that the opposing side will become overwhelmed with the volume of arguments.

      The wackiness does not stop there. It’s also possible to change the topic of debate. This is what’s called Kritik in the technical jargon. Kritik originates from the Fraknfurt School’s critical theory. It’s about challenging the premise of the debate topic.

      For example: if the topic were to debate the pros and cons of US foreign wars, it would be a legitimate tactic to claim that the topic puts undue attention on “foreign” wars and not enough attention on the domestic war against blacks. That’s exactly what the championship debaters did in the CEDA debate finals.

      CEDA is not a black thing. It emerged in the 70s at Harvard.


      April 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      • All that does is allow the black debate teams to turn the debate into who is the blackest debate. They get to ignore whether they are on the affirmative or negative, the get to ignore the topic, and they do not have to do much research. The black debate teams also get to use words and expressions that white debates risk destroying their professional lives if they use.

        It seems that the Kritik view of debate is that rules are for others and that black teams just do not have to follow the rules and conventions of CEDA debate. It probably also allows the black debaters to call the white debaters racist and proponents of white privilege.


        April 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

      • Thanks for clearing that up.


        April 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      • Debaters speak at speeds of 400 words per minute without ever engaging the audience. The purpose of speaking so quickly is to put as many ideas or arguments on the table as possible, hoping that the opposing side will become overwhelmed with the volume of arguments.

        So real debaters actually employ the “Gish gallop” on their opposition too, but it is not frowned upon by the debaters?


        April 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    • There’s no such thing as an ‘honest debate’ with Afrocentrics including academics. Their claims are not a matter of reason but articles of faith. They’ll dig up the most spurious claims from unreliable and even discredited sources. Yet they’ll dismiss mainstream sources supported by mountains of evidence. You can forget making arguments based on reason when they refuse to even acknowledge basic facts. They’ll cherry-pick statistics that suit them then claim statistics are racist when they don’t. I’ve even had them dismiss the very statistics they brought into the discussion when it turned out those stats didn’t say what they thought. If something could be true they’ll claim it must be true no matter how unlikely. Then they’ll refuse to accept that something could possibly be true no matter how probable if it leads to a conclusion they don’t like. They’ll accuse you of making claims and saying things you didn’t. And, then, when you deny having said it they’ll make the argument about that instead. Ultimately, they’ll dismiss any claim they don’t like as “racist” as well as those making it. And if the person making the claim they don’t like happens to be black he’ll be derided as an “Uncle Tom” as well. For Afrocentrics it’s not a quest for truth but a “street fight” to win. And if there are other Afrocentrics present then it’s a “mob attack” that includes vulgar insults. Their strategy is to bully and intimidate and chase others away with obnoxious behavior. At which point they’ll claim victory and dominate the discussion.


      April 22, 2014 at 11:42 am

  7. I agree, good music video, but she sounds exactly like Brittany Spears and the rest of the pop stars with the synthesizer voice and crappy music with no melody. Pop music is just awful now, and has been since around 1998. Even worse, it is awful in the exact same way.


    April 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

    • Agree on the pop music. It’s dreadful muck. Fortunately, there are plenty of indie artists around doing really good stuff. To name a few: Wussy, Jason Isbell, The Mountain Goats.


      April 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

      • Jason Isbell is the man


        April 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    • No she doesn’t. And pop is like Perry’s 6th genre, btw.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

      • Whatever you want to call the trend of hip-hop influenced synthesizer-voice music where the general lyrical theme is “I’m a hot slutty girl but with high standards.” Both me and Billboard call it pop.

        I kept expecting to hear midway through this video “I’m a genie in a bottle, you got to rub me the right way.”

        It is quite a contrast with circa 1990 Paula Abdul, who had the same general persona but a good singing voice, clear and pretty even at very high pitches.

        Katy, Miley, and Brittany are also examples of working-class protestant whites are converging culturally with working class blacks. For both, the main theme of the music is “I am so awesome!!!!” and in both cases the music stopped innovating around 1995. Both are increasingly tatted and you have them doing little guest segments in each others’ songs.

        You would never have seen the Judds, an 80’s group from the same southern stock, have a thug black guy jump into their music and rap for 40 seconds.


        April 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      • “Whatever you want to call the trend of hip-hop influenced synthesizer-voice music where the general lyrical theme is “I’m a hot slutty girl but with high standards.””

        Not all of Perry’s songs are hip hop influenced or have the same themes. See, forex, the videos for Firework, Roar, and Part of Me.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      • The music sounds the same because it is more or less written by one guy: Max Martin, a musician out of Sweden.


        April 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      • The Swedish guy is more likely the science faction fan and not Katy Perry.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 20, 2014 at 1:15 am

  8. You can also look at the vigilant citizen interprétation of it ….

    Bruno from paris

    April 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

  9. I am sad that Katy has marred her otherwise perfect arm with an ugly tattoo. This must be what the late Paul Fussell meant by “prole drift.”

    You need to check out or ex long time boyfriend Travie McCoy (?). He has everything a rebelling White church girl could want – cork ear rings, tattoos and black.

    Take that mommy and daddy. LOL.


    April 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • She also dated Johnny Lewis. That guy was a murderer.


      April 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  10. With the exception of the 2 movies with darker refined tastes, Alien and Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, Sci-Fi is for the most part prole.

    Anyone who enjoy watching Stargate have low brow tastes. Besides her tattoos, her interest in this show confirms her prole drift.


    April 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • Most popular entertainment is prole, so sci fi is no different than other genres.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      • I like watching House reruns now, after it was popular. I wonder if that’s prole. House is actually on the Murray bubble test, but I just recently discovered the show and actually like it.

        Compared to the Big Bang Theory, even though Sheldon is portrayed as a socially inept autistic genius, House is better. It is really hard to see any significance in the stories or have any sympathy with the Big Bang Theory characters. House has more complex characters and stories, and the writers know how to insert humor and use irony.

        I thought The Simpsons, the first seasons at least, also transcended traditional cultural boundaries where it was also acceptable for upper class people to watch it.


        Well, the question on the Murray test said whether one watched it in 2009-10. And thankfully, I didn’t.


        April 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      • However, most actors and producers in Hollywood are bobo.


        April 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    • Stargate was great. Could have been better, but still pretty great.

      2001 is sci-fi and isn’t prole. It’s stargate sequence obviously influenced Stargate, though, IMO, that’s the one thing Stargate did better than 2001.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      • I have always found that Kubrick’s 2001 is a good test of whether someone is really a Science Fiction fan. If they claim that did not like it, then I assume they are really just comic book fans. Also, Twilight Zone was not prole. Image a show these days where the producer lets the writers and directors do short films that address whatever issue the writer decided was interesting.


        April 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

      • I agree. Stargate SG-1 was great!


        April 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  11. A tattoo is a symbol of barbaric soullessness. It says, “I am not a soul, I am a body.”


    April 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  12. What if someone excitedly told you they were about to vacation in Vegas and you responded, “isn’t that kind of parole?” Would they know what you were talking about?

    lee kwan yu

    April 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    • Parole…Hysterical, dawg.


      April 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    • The word is “prole,” but probably not. I’ve never seen any contemporary reference to proles except on Lion’s blog. Lion borrowed it from author Paul Fussell, who probably borrowed it from George Orwell’s novel 1984 and thought it was a funny and accurate way to describe most people in America’s lower middle class.

      Fortress of Prolitude

      April 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  13. Example of the decline in values of working class protestant music, which used to have a wide range of themes and nuances, now is just non-stop bragging to a shitty beat, just like modern rap music:

    The Judds, 1983:

    You’ve been lookin’ for love all around the world
    Baby, don’t you know this country girl’s still free?
    Why not me?
    Well, you’ve finally come down to your old hometown
    Your Kentucky girl’s been waitin’ patiently
    Why not me?

    A sweet song about a modest girl hoping to settle down. And involves an actual human voice singing!

    Here is the chorus to the top girl-pop song of 2013, Katy Perry’s Roar:

    I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
    Louder, louder than a lion
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me roar
    Now I’m floating like a butterfly
    Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
    I went from zero, to my own hero

    And here’s what the black guy sang in Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”

    “She’s a beast, I call her Karma
    She eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer
    Be careful, try not to lead her on
    Shawty’s heart is on steroids, cause her love is so strong”


    April 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  14. Here’s a recent rock music video, where the video is set in a british army camp in the Crimean War:


    April 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  15. It’s dreadful muck

    y’know, it’s been only eight years, but i don’t know what i would do if i had to opine on music like perry’s today; i mean, everything i know and am formatted is now gone or very different:: the song the priorities re. the visuals; even the instrumentation, as today’s pop is more a computer-generated demographic-covering mix of ditty and fanfares rather than guitar-bass-drums-keyboard-drive verse-chorus-and-bridge-type pop music.
    everything is different; i can’t imagine seeing that video and thinking: hmmm. i’d like to go out and buy that!


    April 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    • Who needs to go out and buy anything when it’s available for free on torrent sites? (Just kidding, I would never violate the copyright laws.)

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      • Why should Katy Perry profit from a monopoly?

        Dave Pinsen

        April 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      • I just read a few chapters of Fussell’s book on a PDF online. Would have preferred to just buy it but it is not available on Kindle.

        Looks like most of Fussell’s books were either historical stuff about the World Wars or literary criticism that was probably associated with his academic career.

        I like the picture on his wikipedia bio. World-class alpha male smirk:

        Fortress of Prolitude

        April 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  16. So I thought what the hell, I’ll check out this video, I mean why not? And then there was a 30 second commercial to wait through, so I was like, nah, not worth it, clicked it off and went back to listening to sweet, pleasant pop by these guys.


    April 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  17. I’m surprised you hadn’t seen this before. It was actually in the news — Islamic groups were upset because one of the men that turned to dust was wearing an “Allah” pendant.

    The video was edited in response.


    April 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

  18. Star Gate? I never got around to watching that show, but that video is the most in your face display of Monarch Programming I’ve seen in a long, long time. 2 seconds in and I knew exactly where it was going.

    Vigilant Citizen gives the complete break-down. He always does for this type of stuff. He has a pretty incredible analysis of Eyes Wide Shut while you’re there too.


    April 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    • Nah, it’s just stuff mooched off of Stargate SG-1. In that show, the ancient egyptian “gods” were actually an alien race known as the Go’auld, and they liked to be worshipped, and they had technology that appeared to be magic.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 20, 2014 at 1:18 am

    • OMFG! While I am not surprised there are crackpots blogging about Katy Perry’s “Illuminati Propaganda,” that single post has more than 600 comments, which do not appear to have any spam in them.


      April 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  19. The “Tournament of Proles” threads that pop up on this site crack me up. I tend to associate proles with going to the nearest Indian casino.

    Las Vegas? We were there a few weeks ago for a business conference. It made me feel a bit prole, but only because I scoffed at the $2 bananas, the cost of room service, and the $35/night cost of a $60 playpen for the daughter.. The whole thing was really “out of my element”… and not because of whatever proliness I have in me.


    April 20, 2014 at 12:45 am

    • A production team called Stargate worked with Katy Perry on an earlier song of hers (Firework):

      Dave Pinsen

      April 20, 2014 at 2:38 am

    • Not too long ago food and entertainment in Las Vegas was a bargain, as the influx of gambling money allowed for low prices on everything else. Something obviously changed.



      April 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

      • This was actually a plot line on the TV show Las Vegas. A new manager came in and basically said that the margins on gambling were getting smaller and so they needed to lean more on shows, food, and so on. A lot of the gambling profits tended to come from people who would fly in and gamble as much as they could in as short a period of time, regardless of their losses. With gambling more available throughout the country, those people can afford to cut their losses a whole lot earlier.


        April 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  20. The video has more in common stylistically w Elizabeth Taylor’s cleopatra. Not sure about sg1 connection, yes it’s egyptian themed, there’s a pyramid turned spaceship but it’s a stretch to see links to wormhole technology and spacetime theory? Also goauld would never eat twinkies nor don unsophisticated costumery.

    Re conspiracy theories, mind control, alleged references to satan in the video, I never understood this as most of humanity would gladly sell their soul to satan for riches yet the majority remain miserably poor. Satan must have a faulty follow through rate.


    April 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  21. Fussell would likely have found TV series Stargate SG-1? prolish.


    April 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  22. Ehhh….I just don’t see the Stargate connection. Sure, it has Egyptian iconography like Stargate, but that’s not exactly exclusive to that show. Besides, I doubt Katy Perry has even heard of Stargate.

    Mike Street Station

    April 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

  23. Here’s a Katy Perry video from her indie phase, in which she mocks metrosexual hipsters:

    Dave Pinsen

    April 22, 2014 at 1:24 am

  24. It seems like Ms. Perry doesn’t have a college degree. Prole.

    But SWPLness is measured in other ways when it comes to entertainers.


    April 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

  25. In that white wig, she looks kind of man jawed and buff … no, more like post-buff. Slid off her peak and now partway down the hill.


    April 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  26. She’s got a monster chin. I guess the guys who think Katy Perry is so hot must have never visited countries where the women actually look feminine lol


    April 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  27. Ok? What isn’t prole? Is breathing considered “prole”? Or how about eating food?

    Edward S

    April 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

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