Foot in Mouth

Katy Perry: Part-Time “Tranny”, Full-Time Bimbo?

“You can’t be a full tranny every day of the week,” Katy Perry says in this week’s Rolling Stone. “That’s an exaggerated part of my personality.”

Perry’s quote appears in the print version of the magazine (pg. 74), but has been scrubbed from contributing editor Erik Hedegaard’s on-line version. Perhaps someone at Rolling Stone, the once legendary magazine now known for its “hot” profiles of, um, Paul Simon, had sense enough to realize Perry’s comment shouldn’t go beyond print (which nobody buys they give away on Virgin Atlantic).

Billed as “backstage kick-off to her California Dreams tour,” the profile’s packed with quotes like, “When I was a kid, I asked questions about my faith. Now I’m asking questions about the world.” She continues, “our priority is fame… I saw this knowing full well that I’m a part of the problem.”

No kidding, Katy! While you were moaning about your part-time “tranny’ness” – besides being a transparent bid for hipster’ness (fail) – and flaunting your heteronormative privileges, did you ever pause to think (burp) that some people actual live as trans… full-time? Or, that it’s not a costume to take off when their feet hurt?

“Just because she dresses up for her shows or peformance that doesn’t mean she’s a trans person,” says Bamby Salcedo, the Los Angeles based trans activist who is the project coordinator for the Transgender Harm Reduction Project with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. “She hasn’t been harassed in any way. You can’t really say you can relate to a community when you’re not part of it.”

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