Watch: Katy Perry makes a very political statement in 'Chained To The Rhythm' featuring Skip Marley
So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble
Set in a futuristic theme park called 'Oblivia,' the video for Katy Perry's new song 'Chained To The Rhythm' finds the star seduced by the delights and distractions of modern life. Featuring Skip Marley (Bob Marley's grandson) the video has been directed by Mathew Cullen.
Through the course of the video Katy Perry slowly seems to realise that there's something wrong with the version of utopia and American Dream they are selling in the video.
The only things that snap Perry out of her reverie are a rose's thorn that pricks her finger and the arrival of Skip Marley who sings a verse of empowerment:
It is my desire
Break down the walls to connect, inspire, ay
Up in your high place, liars
Time is ticking for the empire
The truth they feed is feeble
As so many times before
They greed over the people
They stumbling and fumbling
And we about to riot
They woke up, they woke up the lions
In a clever touch, one of the rides in Oblivia allows a person to run in a human-sized version of a hamster wheel, a nod to the song's lyric video. Everywhere you look, there are signs, icons and statues of a hamster. She sings:
So put your rose-colored glasses on
And party on
Turn it up, it's your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
The video (and the Perry's Grammy heavily politicised performance's preceding it) adhere to Perry's seemingly new mantra of combining her political views (she supports Hillary Clinton) with her pop music without it becoming to problematic.
Perry's Grammy 2017 performance of the song with Skip Marley was a tribute to Elizabeth Warren, where she wore a wristband that said 'Persist' in her honour and her performance ended with a graphic of the US Constitution appearing behind her as she declared, 'no hate.' Political message aside, the synthetic reggae-pop keeps the beat up through the song, and the tempo is pretty upbeat. Here's the song video: