Emotions ran high on the latest episode of American Idol when a young contestant, Trey Louis, stunned judges with his performance before revealing a harrowing personal story. However, the Internet seems unconvinced with the sincerity of Katy Perry's response to the incident.
During a recent episode of American Idol, a 21-year-old contestant named Trey Louis wowed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie with his rendition of the country song Stone by Whiskey Myers. However, it was his personal story that really moved the judges and viewers.
Louis, who hails from Santa Fe, Texas, shared that he was one of the survivors of the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School, in which 10 people lost their lives. Louis was in Art Room One when the shooter entered the school and started firing. He lost many friends in the tragic event.
💔 #americanidol pic.twitter.com/wy8IEDbo9G— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 27, 2023
Perry was visibly moved by Louis's story, and broke down in tears, with Bryan and Richie also getting choked up. Perry went on to make an impassioned speech about the need for change, stating that gun violence has become too common and that it needed to be addressed.
Richie, also emotional, added that gun violence has been tolerated for far too long and it is time for change. Louis responded to Perry, agreeing that the situation is horrible.
Katy Perry's public display of empathy has since been perceived as superficial by many anti-gun control voices on the Internet.
Congrats to Commie Snowflake Katy Perry whose carefully rehearsed gun control tantrum on American Idol showcased her (1) stupidity, (2) craving for free publicity, and (3)!acting skills.— 🇺🇸Pro-America 🇺🇸 (@JAAnthony123) February 28, 2023
PS: How many armed guards were on the set to keep her safe while she pontificated??? pic.twitter.com/JLX87j48if
Her tears, while seemingly heartfelt, have since been viewed as not genuine rather than truly connecting with Louis and his story. Some even accused Perry of stealing the platform from Louis in her attempt to demonstrate her outrage.
I mean I get it but this is also an example of how white women’s emotions dominate space and divert attention to themselves. Why is this little boy literal survivor trying to comfort Katy Perry about HIS trauma. Like he really doesn’t even know what to say lol https://t.co/OfVqR0AhEe— Tis Above Me Now (@AnEpicNickname) February 28, 2023
Her response to Louis's audition on American Idol is concerning because it is being perceived as exploitative of his traumatic experience rather than using the show as a platform to voice concern.
Tbh tho how are u really even supposed to react when someone responds to ur own trauma like this?? 😭😭 He came on that show to perform HIS song and to tell HIS sob story. Katy Perry is literally having a traumatic breakdown FOR him. She legit stole any platform he had to talk on https://t.co/WYqyQx8tfc— Céspex (@Cespex) March 1, 2023
Furthermore, Perry's attempt to make a passionate speech in response to Louis's story has been deemed hypocritical by many, following her vote and public endorsement of the former Republican and Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Rick Caruso.
i’m sorry but i have to rant about this. I keep seeing the clip of katy perry sobbing and now it’s in the news about this; did everyone collectively forget how she posted a photo of her ballot voting for ultra conservative candidates?? girl you’re part of the problem. pic.twitter.com/FOaWSSKtcM— seej ☁️ (@siegeisok) March 1, 2023
Though the Internet was quick to lampoon Perry’s seemingly hypocritical display of sympathy, what’s interesting to note is that though formerly Republican, Caruso stood publicly in support of gun control.
I stand against this supreme court decision, it will only lead to more needless gun violence. pic.twitter.com/Xh66fvkntd— Rick J. Caruso (@RickCarusoLA) June 23, 2022
While the judges' emotional reactions and dramatic responses, including Katy Perry bursting into tears and Lionel Richie making a political statement about gun violence, may have come from a place of heartfelt concern, they seem to have come off as unintentionally hollow platitudes instead.
Thread On Katy Perry’s Activism: Cause she is the only one y’all seem to criticize even tho she has done the most pic.twitter.com/tlipAvVOAl— S (@SectForPerry) February 27, 2023
It is important to note however how Perry has been on the forefront of progressive activism and an ardent endorser of Democrat candidates since 2015.
Katy Perry has been talking about this for years,even signing petitions to congress while y'all keyboard warriors been doing nothing but spreading lies.— Greeshma (fan account) (@GreeshmaMegha) February 28, 2023
Not to mention how Katy is one of the most prominently pro Democratic celebs since her debut. From Obama to Hillary to Biden. https://t.co/VtjziDCXz8 pic.twitter.com/zVFUNMAKqG
Though many seem overly concerned about Perry's vote for a now-Democratic candidate last year, her past actions seem to speak for themselves in shutting up any critics.
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