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Katy Perry's new video is out -- and it's not your usual summer anthem. "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" is a poppy ode to partying way too hard. Is it all in good fun, or is Perry sending a dangerous message? Watch the video below, then scroll down for our take!
So let's do the good stuff first. There are a ton -- and we mean a ton of celebrity cameos! Glee star Darren Criss gets the ball rolling, busting into Perry's bedroom to declare the previous night's shindig the "best party ever!" Criss' Glee costar Kevin McHale also features heavily in the vid, playing the nerd who secretly pines for Perry's character throughout the party. And we absolutely love that Perry's BFF is played by "Friday" singer Rebecca Black, who gives the mouth-guard-wearing Perry a mid-party makeover. Then there is the cheese-tastic saxaphone solo by Kenny G, rock trio Hanson playing in the background and '80s icons Corey Feldman and Debbie Gibson as Perry's parents. Genius! Overall, we love the '80s-movie feel, not to mention Perry's willingness to look and act ridiculous (which has always been one of her best qualities).
Now here's the part that makes us a little uncomfortable: Perry's song is sung from the point of view of a girl who attended a wild party and "took too many shots," and now is trying to piece together what happened. There are references to having sex, breaking the law and having embarrassing pictures posted on the Internet. In the end, the song makes a joke out of the situation, with lyrics like, "It's a blacked out blur but I'm pretty sure it ruled!" and "This Friday night we'll do it all again."
We get the joke. However, in the video, Perry is clearly playing a teenager attending a high school party. Binge drinking is an epidemic problem for American teens. When teenage girls black out and forget what they did -- and, is often the case these days, subsequently have their adventures posted on the Internet -- it can be a pretty traumatic experience.
Then again, we could just be overthinking a cute summer song. What do you think -- does Katy Perry's anthem to blacking out send a bad message to teens, or is it all in good fun?