Katy Perry is hot and cold when it comes to one of her first hit singles.
In an interview with Glamour, the “Bon Appetit” singer confessed she’d probably rewrite her 2008 hit “I Kissed A Girl” if it came out in 2018.
At the time, the pop star’s catchy single about a sapphic encounter from her debut album was heralded as “lesbian-friendly.” After all, Perry sings, she “kissed a girl”—and she “liked it!”
But some critics have also claimed that the song trivializes queer women’s sexuality and plays into harmful stereotypes associated with bisexuality. And, a decade later, Perry agrees.
“If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it,” she confessed. “Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it.”
“I Kissed A Girl” didn’t age so well partly due to shifting conversations about identity and sexuality, she added: “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity.”
The song wasn’t Perry’s only brush with LGBT-related backlash: “Ur So Gay,” another controversial track from her debut album, used the word “gay” as an insult.
But the singer has since become a celebrated LGBT ally. In 2017, she won an ally award from HRC for her advocacy.