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Katy Perry on Leaving ‘California Gurls,’ ‘Fluff’ Behind For Political Pop: ‘If You Have a Voice, You Have a Responsibility to Use It’

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Katy Perry is leaving the sugary candyland beaches of “California Gurls” behind for the dream-shattering dystopia that is Oblivia—but she ain’t mad.

Speaking to Vogue, the pop star revealed that her new album will be immensely inspired by her political awakening (thanks in part to Hillary Clinton’s fierce 2016 presidential campaign).

“I don’t think you have to shout it from the rooftops, but I think you have to stand for something, and if you’re not standing for anything, you’re really just serving yourself, period, end of story,” Perry explained of her new politically-charged outlook.

“‘California Gurls’ and fluffy stuff would be completely inauthentic to who I am now and what I’ve learned,” she added. “I do believe we need a little escapism, but I think that it can’t all be that. If you have a voice you have a responsibility to use it now, more than ever.”

The singer, who grew up in a devoutly religious household (her family even picketed Madonna concerts), shared that following the election, she was “disheartened for a while,” and that November 8 and its Trumpian fallout triggered many issues for her.

“It just brought up a lot of trauma for me. Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood: I have an issue with suppressive males and not being seen as equal. I felt like a little kid again being faced with a scary, controlling guy. I wouldn’t really stand for it in my work life, because I have had so much of that in my personal life. But it’s an awakening that was necessary because I think we were in a false utopia,” she expressed, adding that the generation growing up behind her makes her hopeful for the future.

“We can’t ever get that stagnant again. I am so grateful that young people know the names of senators. I think teenage girls are going to save the world! That age group just seems to be holding people accountable. They have a really strong voice—and a loud one,” Perry said.

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