The Gay Interview: Katy Perry

Our correspondent Chris Azzopardi got a sit-down (well, via transatlantic phone) with pop star Katy Perry, just in time for the release of her concert documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, which comes out today.  The patriotic pop princess talks the film, kissing gay boys and fighting hate with love bullets.

 KATY PERRY IN 3D

It was not really last Friday night, but it still happened: Katy Perry called from London, where it was nearly 1 a.m. If life really does imitate art, she smelled like a mini-bar on a night that’s soon to be a blacked-out blur, right?

“Not tonight,” she insists. “I have to play and be professional tomorrow, but maybe after the show I’ll be having a couple of Shirley Temples with some adult juice in them.”

We spoke with Perry just after she made a surprise appearance in London for a screening of her new film, Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, a docu-concert chronicling the California girl’s evolution from gospel-singing daughter of two pastors to international pop phenom … with the most lethal boobs in the world.

During our interview, Perry told us what else they shoot besides whipped cream, how the gay community can relate to her movie and why Madonna doesn’t scare her. 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Brewing: Gov. Perry silent so far on LGBT issues; Pink Noise moves to Rational Radio

Gov. Rick Perry strikes an, umm, rather unfortunate pose on the campaign trail this week.

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already jumped into first place in the Republican presidential race, according to the latest Rasmussen Results poll.  Of course, the poll was conducted before it was widely reported that Perry had accused Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke of being a traitor. Meanwhile, it’s worth nothing that, as far as we can tell, the rabidly anti-gay Perry hasn’t said a word about LGBT issues since entering the presidential race four days ago. And even fellow bigot Michele Bachmann is toning down her anti-gay rhetoric. That’s because it’s no longer terribly effective as a wedge issue, even in a Republican primary. Still, these candidates can’t hide from their records, and we fully expect Perry to sign that anti-gay marriage pledge from the National Organization for Marriage any day now.

2. Pink Noise: The Dallas Voice Radio Show, which was previously a podcast done from our offices, is moving to Rational Radio beginning this week. The show will air from 4 to 5 p.m. each Friday. Follow Pink Noise on Facebook and Twitter, and tune in to RationalRadio.org to watch our first episode live. We’ll also post recordings of Pink Noise right here on Instant Tea.

3.Lady Gaga released the video for “You and I” — the latest single from Born This Way — on Tuesday. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: X-Men ‘Born This Way’ parody

“X-Men, baby, we were born this way!”

As Arnold Wayne Jones noted in his review earlier this year of X-Men: First Class, filmmakers for the X-Men series of movies have never shied away from very obviously drawing parallels between the movies’ mutants and LGBT people in real life. Apparently the non-gay X-men fans have made the connection, too.

This morning my 14-year-old son came into the living room with a big grin on his face, telling me that he had just found a video on YouTube in which a bunch of X-Men fans had made a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

“It’s hysterical!” he told me.

This is the same son who, when I took him to his first Comic Con here in Dallas when he was 12, heard angels sing and saw the celestial light. I will never forget the look on his face when he turned to me and said, “My people! I have found my people at last!” He also, by the way, happens to be a big Gaga fan, too, and he is quite smart. So when he told me the video was funny, I decided it was worth looking up.

So I found it and watched it, and you know what — he was right. It’s funny and quite clever. So I decided to share it here with you so you can judge for yourself.

—  admin

Lady Gaga: The gay interview

Lady Gaga doesn’t give too many interviews — lord knows we’ve tried to get them.

But contributor Chris Azzopardi snagged a rare sit-down with the music (and gay!) icon, who talked a lot about her gay fans. Read the entire interview after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Brewing: HRC endorses Obama in 2012; Lady Gaga leaves out LGBTs on GMA

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Eighteen months before the 2012 vote, the Human Rights Campaign on Thursday endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, citing his accomplishments for the LGBT community during his first 2 ½ years in office, the Washington Blade reports. Critics say the endorsement is premature because HRC should be pushing Obama to do more and because it sends the wrong message to potential GOP candidates who may want to reach out to the LGBT community.

2. Activists are moving forward with a peaceful demonstration that’s unlikely to be peaceful to mark Moscow Pride on Saturday after being denied a permit for the celebration by city officials, who cited a risk of public disorder. Similar “illegal” demonstrations to mark Moscow Pride have turned bloody in the past. Anti-gay groups reportedly have vowed to attack activists again this year, and police say they’ll break up the demonstration. Dozens of activists from the U.S. and Europe, including Lt. Dan Choi, have traveled to Moscow for the event to show their solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.

3. Lady Gaga performed on Good Morning America this morning, but according to multiple sources on Twitter, she left out the LGBT reference in “Born This Way.” The LGBT verse of the song also was cut from a version performed by the top 13 the other night on American Idol. What’s up with that? Anyhow, below is video of Gaga riding a zipline in to this morning’s GMA performance.

—  John Wright

Lady Gaga previews latest single ‘Judas’

Days before the single is released, Lady Gaga has leaked her newest single “Judas.” Gaga goes heavier in tone and message, but we’re gonna give it a few more listens so the earworm can completely take over our day. I’m digging the dance beat and it’s fairly cohesive with “Born This Way.”

The word is out that the video for this song is going to have a few people up in arms. Pop Crush posted this earlier in the week and it’s got us quite curious:

Lady Gaga‘s video for her next single ‘Judas’ could send religious fundamentalists into an uproar over its content. Gaga co-directed the video with her creative director Laurieann Gibson, whom she has been working with since before she was signed to Interscope. It was a major undertaking for Gibson — who is a woman of faith herself, and has biblical words to describe the final product.

—  Rich Lopez

Thanks to Gaga, Round-Up makes Rolling Stone. Did bar inspire country take on ‘Born This Way’?

Just when you though we were done with the Lady Gaga/Round-Up love affair, we’re gonna pull you back in. In RollingStone.com’s Random Notes, they posted a pic of Gaga’s performance at the Round-Up on March 13. If you didn’t hear about it, well, get out from under that rock: Gaga performed “Born This Way” at the club on her return visit to Dallas. You can watch the exclusive video here.

RollingStone.com

Also, we wonder if the club was the inspiration for this country-fied version of her “BTW.”

—  Rich Lopez

CNN posts video on ‘Born This Way’ blog

A while back I posted this about DJ Paul V.’s website Born This Way. First, it has nothing to do with Lady Gaga. But the site if is filled with submitted pics where, as kids, you could tell something was up. It’s a sweet and endearing site. And now CNN has caught wind of it.

CNN’s Jennifer Smith posted this video and article where Paul V. talks about what he created and how it’s taken off.

—  Rich Lopez