In times of trouble, the world turns its eyes to Katy Perry for wisdom and guidance.
After the suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester on Monday, Perry made headlines when she said in an interview that the best way to respond to terrorism is to “just unite and love on each other.” The real solution to all of the violence in the world, she insists, is “no barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”
You hear a lot of this sort of thing after a terrorist attack, which is why I think it’s worth engaging, vapid and ridiculous though it may be. But it’s not just vapid and ridiculous. There’s also something quite sinister about it. What Perry and her fellow co-existers are doing, in a barely veiled fashion, is putting at least some of the blame on the people who were blown up. The terrorist was led to strap on an explosive vest stuffed with nails because the world has failed to “unite.” It was not his own decision and his own wickedness that caused him to massacre kids; it was our society with its borders and its barriers and its intolerance. We tend to just laugh at the Katy Perrys of the world — an understandable reaction — but we miss just how morally deranged this point of view truly is.