Katy Perry in the official video for ‘I Kissed a Girl’; Photo: Vevo


When Katy Perry released “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008, it raised eyebrows because of its bi-sexual/lesbian-friendly lyrics. “I kissed a girl and I liked it,” Perry sang in the well-known hook. “The taste of her cherry chap stick/I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it,” she continues in hook.

In a recent interview with Glamour, Perry discussed the song and how she would approach it differently if she were to rewrite it based on today’s standards. She talked about how far society has progressed, and how “I Kissed a Girl” could use an edit because of a few stereotypes found in the lyrics.

“We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,” she told Glamour. “We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”

Some critics didn’t take to the song when it was first released, claiming that it trivialized queer female sexuality; penned solely as a means to excite men.

It’s true “I Kissed a Girl” was not a forward-thinking song and Katy Perry acknowledges it. What it did do, however, was loosen the conversation up ever so slightly. Maybe her interview with Glamour will inspire her to revisit the song and bring it up to date with the proper edits.