Katy Perry has always been a huge dem, despite her “speaking in tongues” ministry Christian intense upbringing. Back in January, she chose to endorse Hillary Clinton, and and was one of the bigger I’m-With-Her celeb supporter at rallies and at the DNC. I respect her risk of alienating more conservative fans, but she’s also being super simple about it- telling her fanbase to go out and VOTE. Anyway, Katy has a new interview with WWD about politics, fashion, Hillary Clinton and more. You can read the full piece here. Check it:

On politics: “Listen, I think that we are all ready for some radical change. I think that nothing is perfect, but we are all ready for transparency, radical change and empowering each other and individuality and coming together. I am definitely looking forward to that. I just shot the Rock the Vote campaign commercial, which is a bipartisan campaign. The younger people sometimes don’t feel like their vote matters. They think it’s all rigged, but it’s not true — you have to physically go out and vote. Not everything is perfect and there should be definite updates on how we vote and the whole system in general. I appreciate the conversation that Bernie [Sanders] brought to the table. In some crazy ways I appreciate…I wouldn’t say appreciate…I see the validity of all extremes and conversations because they are making things progressive and they are making things more clear. So it doesn’t feel like history is repeating itself. It doesn’t feel so ‘political.’ It’s not mundane. It doesn’t feel like voices aren’t being heard, so I think we are all in for a big change. The fact of the matter is it’s the chicken or the fish. You gotta pick one if you wanna eat.”

On Santa Barbara: “I still spend a lot of time there because I grew up there. I grew up in the poorest part of Santa Barbara. People associate it with the French Riviera, almost Monte Carlo, like beautiful American rich people, and we were like super poor. Actually my boyfriend didn’t even believe me and I was, like, ‘I’m going to drive you by my house’ and you can Google Earth it. I basically had a crazy church-filled, God squad upbringing. I lived on food stamps and a food bank in Santa Barbara, which is like a crazy juxtaposition to live in beauty and still have a bit of a struggle, but that’s just because of the nature of the church.”

On driving in L.A.: “My boyfriend lives in Malibu and getting used to that [drive] was, like, ‘Are you kidding me? What kind of life is this?’ There’s no pop-over and I never really got used to Malibu ‘cause it’s halfway to Santa Barbara, so I’m always just going to Santa Barbara then. I get the whole coming to L.A. and living by the beach thing. But it’s really…it’s so far, nobody [who lives in town] is going to come see you.”

(Via WWD)

What a great message. Hey, you can say a lot of dumb things about Katy Perry, but she’s trying her best to influence her fans to be more politically active. And I respect that!

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