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Katy Perry & Madonna

by: Abby Romero

Katy Perry & Madonna REL 202

Abby Romero
GPA 3.73
Religion & Popular Culture
Shahla Talebi

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Notes on Katy Perry's Superbowl performance and Madonna's frequent use of the cross
Religion & Popular Culture
Shahla Talebi
One Day of Notes
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This 2 page One Day of Notes was uploaded by Abby Romero on Friday February 6, 2015. The One Day of Notes belongs to REL 202 at Arizona State University taught by Shahla Talebi in Spring2015. Since its upload, it has received 133 views. For similar materials see Religion & Popular Culture in Liberal Arts at Arizona State University.


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Date Created: 02/06/15
February 4 The Religious Significance in the Superbowl Halftime Performance Various aspects of Katy Perry s performance in the 2015 Superbowl can be seen as religious Giant lion during Roar o The red eyes featured on the tiger during her first song can be seen as being fierce or powerful evil in some cases 0 Stance and body language while on the lion was very assertive and dominant which resonated with the meaning of the song Firework 0 As Katy sings Firework she begins to be lifted on a giant shooting star to y around the stadium o Symbolic of a God like figure ascending to the heavens to give a message to their followers Performance could also be saying You don t need religion you only need me o Roar and Firework are very selfempowering songs with a strong message 0 Roar sends out the message that although one can be silenced and ignored at times you should not feel as though you do not matter or are invalid due to silence I You re gonna hear me roar The main line of the song translates into something like I m tired of complying with your attempts to silence me I have a voice I am proud and you will most certainly hear it o Firework s message is mainly that although you may feel lesser at times you are never any less than the best you are a firework you are individual loud and unique I The first lines of the song are relatable to a listener they shed light on emotional distress almost every single person has gone through in their lives 0 Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind wanting to start again I As the song progresses it becomes more motivational and uplifting encouraging the listener to find ways that they shine individually and show how special they are 0 Conclusion Both songs are perfectly geared to her audience in ways that will get them through tough times in which they feel worthless or less than others 0 Question With such a strong message being conveyed can It be argued that Katy is turning viewers to herself in tough times instead of showing viewers that there is God to turn to or any other higher power Are the messages in Katy s songs strong enough to be their own quasi religion when fans realize this February 4 Madonna on the Cross amp AIDS In one of her shows Madonna depicts herself on the cross rising up with a crown of thorns and blood as she sings Reenacting Putting oneself in the place of Jesus is a very serious offensive act to many people that are religious due to the sacredness of Iesus s crucifixion As Madonna rises a set of numbers is slowly getting bigger and bigger above her and once the song reaches a certain point it focuses on the number and shows that 12 million children in Africa are orphaned by AIDS By showing an increasing number and this statistic she connects two points with the audience an immense amount of children are orphaned by AIDS in Africa and they just watched every single child symbolized in the numbers become orphaned Question Is Madonna truly depicting herself as Christ or is this just Madonna being Madonna 0 Madonna is known for her controversial videos and this should come as no surprise to people who are familiar with Madonna s use of religion as a theme in her music Conclusion Using her talent and huge in uence on such a large audience she is bringing awareness to AIDS The only connection to herself as a Christ figure is that she is the savior of these children by bringing attention to such a problem However as usual Madonna is simply using an attention grabbing method to grab the attention of her viewers


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