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Katy Perry's Trump puppet show was as empty and throwaway as her music. Have pop stars forgotten how to protest? 

Katy Perry on stage at the 2017 Brit Awards
Katy Perry on stage at the 2017 Brit Awards

The most overtly political statement at last night’s Brit Awards came not from a gnarled old firebrand but from Katy Perry, the queen of bubblegum pop.

Performing her cod-reggae new single, Chained to the Rhythm, Perry was joined on stage by two giant skeleton puppets dressed as Donald Trump and Theresa May during their meeting in Washington last month. The puppets held hands and generally looked evil, while dozens of dancers dressed as houses (presumably "the people") cavorted around them. 

As a political allegory, the stunt fell as flat as Perry’s unfortunate dancer who, dressed as a Bovis Home and clearly unable to see what they were doing, tumbled off the stage mid-performance.

The online backlash was as instant as it was fierce. ‘Looking to Katy Perry for political commentary is like asking Jedward to explain astrophysics,’ was one of the more polite comments on Twitter.

Katy Perry takes dig at Donald Trump and Theresa May with dancing skeletons Katy Perry takes dig at Donald Trump and Theresa May with dancing skeletons
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