From the Huffington Post in the USA:
First Posted: 06/22/11 09:41 AM ET Updated: 06/22/11 10:18 AM ET
She’s one of the biggest stars in the world, but in her music, equal rights activism and, now, politics, Katy Perry is a woman of the people.
The “Teenage Dream” star covers this week’s issue of Rolling Stone, and talks, among other things, her political awakening, saying that she’s starting to understand just how big money runs the country.
“It just feels like the thing running our country is a bank, money,” she tells the magazine. “I think we are largely in desperate need of revolutionary change in the way our mindset is. Our priority is fame, and people’s wellness is way low. I saw this knowing full well that I’m a part of the problem. I’m playing the game, though I am trying to reroute. Anyway, not to get all politically divulging and introspective, but the fact that America doesn’t have free health care drives me f*cking absolutely crazy, and is so wrong.”
Perry has already been active in fighting for gay rights; of course, her breakout single, “I Kissed A Girl,” teased a sort of “just to try it” lesbianism, but she’s been involved in a more serious fight, too.
to the It Gets Better video initiative, and told DoSomething.org in November that, “I am a gay activist and I say that proudly.”
It’s not all serious politics for Perry, though. Though she failed to win a Grammy thus far, she’s taken home many fan-voted awards, including People’s Choice, and has sold over 10,000,000 albums worldwide.
USA: Paul Allen, Ex-Mortgage CEO, Sentenced To Prison For $3B Fraud: here.
USA: Studies cite CEO pay as significant cause of wealth inequality: here.
Pradnya Joshi, The New York Times News Service: “Brace yourself. The final figures show that the median pay for top executives at 200 big companies last year was $10.8 million. That works out to a 23 percent gain from 2009. The earlier study had put the median pay at a none-too-shabby $9.6 million, up 12 percent. Total C.E.O. pay hasn’t quite returned to its heady, prerecession levels – but it certainly seems headed there. Despite the soft economy, weak home prices and persistently high unemployment, some top executives are already making more than they were before the economy soured”: here.