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Everyone Thinks Katy Perry’s New Music Video Is A Subtle Trump Diss

The first time you watch Katy Perry’s new music video for “Chained To The Rhythm,” you might think it’s just another fun, stylized and slightly bizarre Katy video.

But if you look a little closer you might start to see something a little different: a highly political, downright frightening political message that even includes a few direct digs at President Donald Trump, or so many fans suspect.

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Perry already revealed the political nature of this new single featuring Skip Marley at her 2017 Grammy performance, when she debuted the song.

But this music video she dropped on Tuesday brings a whole new meaning to the already depressing lyrics. (And yes, this is a different music video than that hamster one she dropped last week.)

Here’s the video:

Let’s walk through the political implications, since, if you’re like me, you might have missed them the first time.


So, Katy Perry goes to this amusement park called “Oblivia.”

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“Oblivia,” like “oblivious,” get it?


At first, she seems happy to be there, but then some weird things start happening…

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Meanwhile, Perry sings lyrics like,

So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble / So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble.


…such as people getting flung over a fence in this ride called “No Place Like Home.”

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katy perry chained the rhythm music video

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katy perry chained the rhythm music video

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This definitely seems like it could be a reference to Trump’s proposed wall and harsh immigrant deportation policy.

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There’s also a ride called “Bombs Away,” which seems to be just missiles flying everywhere.

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A reference to the fear that Trump will start a nuclear war with his access to the missile codes, perhaps?


Near the end of the video, everyone in the park gathers to watch a film titled “A Nuclear Family.”

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katy perry chained the rhythm music video

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Skip Marley, grandson of Bob Marley, comes out of the screen and sings a verse about the lying empire.

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He sings,

Up in your high place, liars/ Time is ticking for the empire / The truth they feed is feeble


Listening to him, Perry seems to wake up and realize things in this park aren’t so great.

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And the videos ends on her shooting the camera a terrified look.

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Perry was an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign but rarely has gotten this political in her music before.

It seems the pop singer is taking her work to a new level. Looking forward to the next album!

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Anna Menta is a Entertainment Writer at Elite Daily. Previously she has been a BuzzFeed Editorial Fellow, and an annoying film student at Oberlin College. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. Follow her on Twitter @annalikestweets ...
Anna Menta is a Entertainment Writer at Elite Daily. Previously she has been a BuzzFeed Editorial Fellow, and an annoying film student at Oberlin College. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. Follow her on Twitter @annalikestweets ...

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