In the music video "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry, how does Perry form revelations about America’s past and present political circumstances while she maps her way through the amusement park Oblivia?
In the music video "Chained to the Rhythm," I will analyze Perry's facial expressions and embodied movement as she spends her day in a futuristic theme park. Moreover, I will tackle tough concepts such as whiteness and representation through mapping in America in order to construct the idea that individuals would rather be sheltered and happily numb to issues pertinent to the world around them. Beginning from the first scene during the daytime to the last scene during the nighttime, I will build on and address concepts regarding America's progression and its enduring problems.
Performance Description and Gallery
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At the beginning of the music video, the individual is seen entering the colorful amusement park, Oblivia. This person has short curled hair that is dyed a pastel pink, is wearing blue eyeshadow with a light pink lip gloss, and has large dangling earrings. The park guests along with Perry are dressed in vibrant 1950s attire. Moreover, the individual is wearing an all white dress. The top of the dress is tight around the waist and made with latex. Moving forward into the music video, Perry is seen smelling roses, but gets pricked by one. Then, the sharp transition from the pricking of the finger to Perry’s face signifies a tinge of confusion. The individual’s furrowing brows, eyes (which are not looking directly at the camera), and solemn mouth, free of the wrinkles when you smile, illustrate the individual as uncertain of the space around them. Towards the middle of the music video, the individual is seen lip singing on a rollercoaster as the shots alter between a gigantic line of individuals waiting to go on and Perry. At the end of the ride, the individual and the male sitting besides Perry are given validation scores. The freezed frame depicts two hearts with their images in the middle and scores beneath. Simon, the male sitting besides Perry, is given a score of 9,478 and Perry is given a mere 17. The scene then quickly transitions to Perry’s face as the individual turns their head. As Perry looks around, the music video shows clips of numerous rides offered and their names. At around two minutes into the music video, when the lines “so comfortable we’re living in a bubble, bubble” play, Perry is seen twirling their skirt as Perry walks around the park. In the background, many individuals are seen laughing. At 2:33, Perry is seen wearing an entirely different outfit and overall appearance. In an all black and silver latex dress and blonde hair, Perry is seen putting on 3D glasses as a movie begins to play. Then, the camera shifts to a closeup of the individual’s face as Perry begins to take off their glasses. With eyes wide and mouth slightly open, Perry is seen standing up as the line “the truth they feed is feeble” plays. Now, the individual is seen standing in the center of a circle admist the many individuals circling Perry. As the music video ends, a close up shot of Perry is seen. Wearing red eyeshadow with eyes peering down and mouth open, Perry is seen to be in a raw emotional state. Meanwhile, the video slowly pans out, implying that the character is in a phased, almost enlightened state of mind.