Katy Perry is back, and she may have more of a political message to deliver with "Chained to the Rhythm" than we'd originally realized.
In her new song's music video, out today, we see our fave pop-rock crooner happily skipping through a utopian (later, dystopian) '50s amusement park titled, in Orwellian fashion, "Oblivia." After pricking her finger on a rose and hearing the powerful lyrics of Skip Marley during the song's bridge, Perry is awakened to the fact that everything is not as glossy and bubbly as it seems. She stares at the cutesy world around her with newfound horror and confusion: this is not a theme park where people are actively and consciously choosing what makes them happy, but where park-goers stand blindly in line, like zombies, waiting to run on human hamster wheels.
The song's lyrics: "So comfortable, we're living in a bubble/ So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble" feel instantly profound--this might not be just another party banger after all, but a song imploring America to wake up, to realize that just because things may be running smoothly in some liberal city or quiet small town doesn't mean others aren't struggling with oppression, misogyny, ans systemic racism all around us.