Katy Perry has a tendency to be controversial. Shocked? No one is. Her first biggest hit was “I Kissed A Girl” and in her fun candy themed “California Gurls” video she wears a bra that shoots out whip cream but it seems not everyone is a fan. Recently X Factor star Jahmene Douglas commented that Perry was morally “wrong” for performing songs about “threesomes and getting naked… and getting wasted”.
Douglas who recently just topped the UK charts with his debut LP Love Never Fails discussed during a recent interview about his refusal to sing Perry’s “Last Friday Night” while he was a competitor on The X-Factor expressing that he felt the song was inappropriate for a show not only with teenage contestants but “8-year-olds in the audience”.
Douglas went on to say in the interview, “The lyrics were about threesomes and getting naked and dancing on tables and getting wasted.” At the time fellow X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson was only 16 during the completion and 8 years were in the audience prompting Douglas to express he felt it was wrong to perform such songs with suggestive material.
When asked if he ever thought refusing to perform the song had been a smart decision, Douglas replied: “I wasn’t thinking of risk. I was thinking, ‘I really can’t minister that message to people who might be looking up to me’. It’s wrong to do that. I might be being old-fashioned. I didn’t realize what the lyrics were until I saw the lyric sheet. I was like, ‘Whoa!’”
Jahmene Douglas can only hope that he is always allowed to make what he feels as the moral choice, and bravo to him for standing up for what he believes in.