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Katy Perry's uproar over "Roar"

PETA tries to get some mileage out of pop singer

By Mark C. Brown Sep 17, 2013 9:53AM
Katy Perry demonstrated the importance of oral hygieneWell, we need something to talk about with the new Katy Perry video for "Roar." The song itself is unremarkable, with Perry skipping from cliche to cliche -- "I stood for nothing so I fell for everything," "I've got the eye of the tiger," etc. -- while crawling around on all fours.

So PETA - a worthy animal-protection organization but sadly as publicity hungry as any rising singer - has jumped in on the act, claiming that the video filming "traumatized" any animals involved, even though PETA officials weren't anywhere near the set and have no idea exactly how the animals were or weren't treated.

Perry and her leopard-skin-swathed breasts star in a take-off of a Tarzan movie along with a tiger, an elephant, a monkey and a bunch of special effects (Hey, PETA, you see that picture up above? I'll bet you a million bucks she's not really brushing the teeth of a live crocodile).

Bing: Katy Perry's PETA problem

The American Humane Association, however, was there for the entire three-day shoot. And they released a statement telling PETA to shut the hell up (and confirmed that no actual croc was on the set):

American Humane Association was on set for the filming of the above referenced music video, which used an elephant, a monkey, birds and a tiger. After reviewing the reports, we believe that the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video.

So now you can feel free to enjoy the video without any fear of red paint being thrown on you next time you go out in public.

Sep 24, 2013 10:50PM
Sep 24, 2013 10:22PM
So why was this article even posted, BS -  give me something worth reading. and these teaser video's of the song suck, even the ' OFFICIAL VIDEO ' Sucks, the Award show presentation is the only version to worth watching. Have a good day!
Sep 24, 2013 9:24PM

Let me try that again, because the original author of the bad Katy Perry comment was cut off.



Sep 17, 2013 11:28AM

Eh...I'd give her the 'high hard one' on any given day....NEXT!



Your Katy Perry comment was just as disrespectful as was PETA  (something like that)





Sep 24, 2013 9:15PM
Sep 17, 2013 11:28AM
Eh...I'd give her the 'high hard one' on any given day....NEXT!
Even though you appear to like Katy Perry, your comment disrespects her no differently than PETA.
Sep 24, 2013 8:20PM
Not sure why people have to be so negative. Song is great and so is the video. The woman is very talented. What's wrong with people?????????????????
Sep 24, 2013 7:56PM
Sep 24, 2013 6:40PM
If you know any thing about the way animals are "trained" in the first place to be able to even appear in such video's you would understand that they are most definitely mistreated and traumatized by animal trainers to perform in such unnatural environments.  Behind closed doors, trainers have been documented using  painful tactics, drugs to subdue and train these animals so they can be used and exploited by Hollywood and the entertainment industry. A true animal lover would be aware of this and not support it by featuring animals in any sort of entertainment. The comment about Peta being "publicity hungry" is also misplaced since their motives are only to further the cause of protecting animals from stupid humans and educating those that care.
Sep 24, 2013 6:02PM
What a FUN music video! This is seriously refreshing and just a joy to watch, cliche or not.
Sep 24, 2013 5:28PM
Peta should be disbanded if all their people are this stupid
Sep 24, 2013 5:16PM
Catchy song and music.

Peta needs to look elsewhere for PR or attention. So far I'm hearing more bs over this than the shootings that go on every weekend in Chicago.

Sep 24, 2013 3:43PM
PETA is nothing more than a criminal organization. Its members are thugs who think nothing of breaking the law. The media needs to stop granting them any illusion of legitimacy.
Sep 24, 2013 3:04PM
Love this song and the  video!!  We shall all call upon our inner "tiger." 
Sep 24, 2013 3:04PM
PETA needs to chill out.  Seriously.  I support protecting animals from exploitation and abuse just as  much as the next person, but Katy's  Roar video was fun and cute.  I don't understand what the fuss is all about.  I liked her video.
Sep 24, 2013 3:03PM
I liked the song, and it's nice to see a video the younger kids can enjoy.
Sep 19, 2013 6:36AM
Not a bad  song  and  Perry has great vocals !  We need some humor  with this video  ! 
Sep 18, 2013 2:00AM
Kitty Purry... (around 3:26) lol, Awesome...
Sep 17, 2013 12:05PM
i don't care what she says or sings, she's got a look and a face that just won't Quit.
Sep 17, 2013 11:45AM
The video is cheesy and the song is terrible, but I think the only act of cruelty inflicted on the animals was putting them in a Katy Perry video. Peta should do some research before making dubious claims such as these and I'm kinda glad to see them get tuned up.
Sep 17, 2013 11:36AM
Just to be totally nitpicky about the whole thing, I think the closest character to who Katy is portraying  (or maybe just spoofing) is not Tarzan, but "Shenna, Queen of the Jungle." I vaguely remember the character from a very long time ago, but there's a Wiki entry, too.
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