Have you watched Katy Perry’s brand-new video for “This Is How We Do” yet? The eye-popping Joel Kefali-directed clip sees Katy relaxing poolside, modeling Mondrian, and nomming on watermelon — and I’m getting major pop-music déjà vu every step of the way.
Although the 29-year-old singer was accused of style-jacking other pop stars like Brooke Candy and Lady Gaga while promoting the video for the Prism single this week, I’m not entirely convinced that’s the case. I mean, do you honestly think that Katy Perry or Brooke Candy “invented” baby hair and thick braids?
Besides, for all we know Katy’s pulling a Lily Allen and trying to be all #meta with her oeuvre. Or maybe it’s all just a big coincidence. Her ARTPOP could mean anything, after all. Wait, wrong person.
The point is, Katy’s “This Is How We Do” video is full of pop references — whether she meant it to be or not. From Gaga and Miley to Beyoncé and Iggy, here’s what I found. Did I miss something crucial? Let me know in the comments.
1.) First things first, that ice cream truck and high ponytail are bringing me back to Iggy Azalea’s “Pu$$y” video.
2.) Watch the artRave throne, Lady Gaga.
3.) That goes for Miley Cyrus and her 2013 VMA foam finger, too.
4.) Katy’s a grown woman. She can wear whatever Beyoncé wig she wants.
5.) Tell ‘em das who? Tumblr’s favorite rapper, Brooke Candy.
6.) It’s like Nicki Minaj went down to Lorde’s table-tennis courts to talk it up like yeah.
7.) Mmmmmmmmm, FKA twigs.
8.) I think you got this one.
9.) And of course, there’s this obvious reference to world-famous Italo Disco icon, Pizzarina di Bellissima.*
* OK, that’s just Pizza the Hut from Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs.”