Or does it hide a personality disorder?
By DiMarkco Chandler
If you have not seen Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” drop what you’re doing and go see it now; just kidding. Seriously, I am really just kidding. You not only do not want to drop what you’re doing, you’ll be better served to wait for the movie to come out on DVD.
“Part of Me” is a documentary about the rise and fall and rise again of Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known by her stage name Katy Perry. Though she has claimed, in several interviews, that she wanted her fans to experience what she experiences behind the scenes, I am afraid that what we’re really experiencing is perhaps a glimpse of a person with a personality disorder.
Now that might sound cruel, and I am sure this review will perhaps receive a measure of backlash from some of her loyal fans, but it was clear from the opening moments that the 27-year-old singer-songwriter was constantly self-aware that she was filming a biopic of her life. She wants us to see her obsession to make it, to be successful, and that she, in her strength, would triumph in victory to obtain the things that really mattered; a narcissistic disorder to say the least.
“Thank you for believing in my weirdness.” What does that mean? How do we respond to that statement? Have you ever heard someone say, “Thank you for believing in my weirdness?” Why not thank you for believing in my dream? How does Perry expect us to respond? Oh, I know, we should be saying, “you’re not weird, we love you Katy.” Or we could respond by saying we love weirdness. In fact, we could say to Perry that if she was not weird, why would we bother to pay to see her perform?
That leads me to pose the question, was this documentary scripted? Because if it was, Perry should just come out and say it, not imply that it wasn’t?
That was the question that kept swirling around in my mind as I watched her make her Christian debut and then switch to find artistic self after hearing Alanis Morissette. Perry then struggles until she lands on Capital’s label with “Teenage Dream.” Yes she persevered as a result of her refusal to take no for an answer. Generally this is called ambition, but I believe it contains a measure of personality disorder.
Perhaps you’re wondering, what proof have I presented? Well, I’m not an expert in psychology, so I can only offer my un-professional opinion in this analysis.
Among the list of symptoms found in this disorder, several seemed to characterize or even parallel Perry’s experiences as reflected in the movie:
1. Trouble keeping healthy relationships – According to Wikipedia.org, Perry has had relationships with Travie McCoy, front-man for the rap-rock band “Gym Class Heroes.” Her relationship with McCoy was on and off for several years, and the two broke up at the end of 2008. In 2009 that reunited only to breakup once more a few months later. Perry’s song “Circle the Drain” is apparently about McCoy, according to an interview of the rapper conducted by MTV. Before McCoy, Perry dated Matt Thiessen, front-man for the rock band, “Relient K.” And of course, we all familiar with failed marriage with Russell Brand.
2. Requires constant attention and positive reinforcement from others – What pop star lacks this symptom?
3. Obsessed with oneself – “Part of Me” clearly indicates that Perry is obsessed with success and subsequently this arguably can be understood and self-obsession.
4. Is easily hurt and rejected – “Part of Me”
5. Appears as tough-minded or unemotional – when Perry appears to been over an cry over her breakup with Brand, she explains that she was only trying to fix her eye lashes.
These are just a few examples of my analysis. Ultimately, I’m not sure where or when in the movie we see the real Katy Perry, and I’m sure she wants to keep it that way. While the movie makes her look accessible, Perry is more inaccessible than she has ever been.
I hope this short part 1 of several reviews of Perry’s “Part of Me,” leaves you seeking more, however, I understand those of you that feel differently.