"I actually don't read anything, because I feel like the haters really like to hate out loud, [and] that people who love sometimes love quietly. So I don't really listen or look at anything. [But] in general, f--- the cynics. Go be cynical. ... I'm having a good time. Like, who would you rather hang out with? That cynical dude or, like, me with my laser beams?"
-Chart-topping pop star Ke$ha, responding to "the haters" who have judged her harshly over the past few weeks. The 23-year-old "Tik Tok" singer has been taking an awful beating in the press because of her appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "American Idol" and even on last night's episode of "The Simpsons." But when MTV News' James Montgomery asked her about the criticism while at the Bamboozle festival this past weekend, she shrugged it off. "I don't really know what he thinks, but you've got to live your life," she said of frequent critic Perez Hilton. "I don't care. I mean, do you care if I like your shirt? I mean, I do like it, but what if I didn't? Would you change it? Probably not. And you shouldn't."
It's all part of a greater philosophy for Ke$ha, who crafted her debut album Animal continues to tear up the Billboard chart. "One of the main things I wanted to do with this record, in this climate of the planet, right now, is just have 'f----off' fun. I'm not pretentious, I'm not a bitch, I'm just having fun," she laughed. "It's pop music, and hopefully, people that like the music are embracing that mentality, that, like there are things to be taken seriously, but ... me trying to get people to have so much fun, I don't feel like I need to be pretentious about it."