Non sequitur aside, it’s pretty awesome seeing Katy get hardcore in the Marines. She really went all out, according to MTV News:
[Katy] worked overtime with boot-camp instructors to make the clip, practicing fireman carries and munching on MREs and getting in touch with her inner badass. And working with a cast that included nothing but actual Marines, she also was able to come face-to-face with the men and women who put their lives on the line for us — and she left with a newfound respect for that level of sacrifice.
Katy cuts off her hair, she eschews makeup, she fights, crawls, suffers. It’s a commendable level of commitment.
It would’ve been awesome if she went all out GI Jane in the entire video… but then suddenly, she starts singing while dressed as a Marine:
Then in the middle of a warzone, she starts putting on camouflage with what looks like a makeup mirror:
And she finishes by dancing under one of those giant parachutes that we all played with in elementary school.
I love the song, but the video felt like it couldn’t make up its mind: was Katy a hardcore Marine or a pop singer? And did she really join the Marines because her boyfriend kissed another girl?
My verdict: kudos to Katy for taking a risk and trying something different! But overall, this video just confused me.
What did you guys think: is this video a hit or a miss for you?