Katy Perry's reinvention as a politically-aware artist continued apace at the Brit Awards, as the star performed alongside two huge dancing skeletons seemingly dressed as Donald Trump and Theresa May.
Performing current single Chained To The Rhythm, Perry took to the stage along with scores of dancers dressed as white houses (White Houses?) while the two skeletons shuffled in suitably sinister fashion.
The point of the stage dressing might not have been entirely clear – and Perry refrained from saying anything overtly political – but the performance prompted huge excitement among viewers on social media:
Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that one of the dancers dressed as a house seemed to have trouble seeing where he or she was going – and unfortunately fell of the stage:
Viewers were quick to dub the poorly balanced dancer the "new Left Shark", after one of Perry's dancers from her 2015 Super Bowl performance famously forgot their moves while dressed as a shark, and became an internet sensation in the process.
Perry debuted Chained To The Rhythm at the Grammys earlier this month while wearing a “PERSIST” armband, with the US Constitution was projected behind her.
The armband message was an apparent reference to the “nevertheless, she persisted” warning that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Senator Elizabeth Warren when justifying the vote to bar her from speaking further on Jeff Sessions’s confirmation hearing for attorney general.
Perry has been vocal about the political message of “Chained to the Rhythm”. “We gonna call this era Purposeful Pop,” she tweeted. The lyrics of the song include “so comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble / so comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble.”
She further hammered the point home earlier this week with the release of the video for Chained to the Rhythm, which features similar houses to those worn by dancers during her Brit Awards performance being hoisted into the air by a fairground ride.