Where's The Beef?

Kathleen Hanna Slams Katy Perry, Jason Mraz

By brandon / June 20, 2011

A couple of weeks ago Kathleen Hanna weighed in on Odd Future, if you remember those guys. The Bikini Kill/Julie Ruin/Le Tigre/riot grrrl icon is continuing to do interviews for the Who Took the Bomp? DVD and an in-progress documentary The Punk Singer so, of course, folks are continuing to toss her questions about contemporary musicians. For instance, here are Hanna’s thoughts on Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Jason Mraz, and the creator of “the wost thing [...] on the face of the Earth.”

CNN: What do you make of singers like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Ke$ha who are seemingly touching on themes of gay empowerment in their music, but for some reason it doesn’t quite resonate?

Kathleen Hanna: I mean, is it really that different when it’s a skinny white woman in a bathing suit singing these things? None of these women ever wear pants, first of all. Second of all, just because you’re wearing a goofy hat doesn’t make it performance art. I mean, that’s just my feeling about it. A lot of the music just sounds like bad Euro disco, though that first Ke$ha song “TiK ToK” was good. But (Katy Perry’s) “I Kissed a Girl” was just straight-up offensive. The whole thing is like, I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later. It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn. It’s pathetic. And she’s not a good singer. I don’t want to trash other women. I mean, I think Jason Mraz is horrible. It’s not just like I hate other women performers. Jason Mraz, and the new James Blunt song is the worst thing that has ever been created on the face of the Earth.

Read the rest at CNN.

[Photo of Hanna taken by Alice Wheeler 1993 in Olympia, WA.]