Katy Perry And Wide Awake Video, Katy Perry closes the book on the Teenage Dream era with her new “Wide Awake” video, a classically creepy (yet slightly candy-colored), Lewis-Carroll indebted fairy tale that doesn’t shy away from mixing the fantastical with the autobiographical.
Which means it’s a treat for both fans and armchair analysts alike. And while you could spend an afternoon sifting through various scenes to understand their deeper significance (minotaur hospital attendants = critics who hated “The Smurfs”?), we figured it would be easier to just highlight a few key moments for you right now.
So, for your perusal, here are five important moments form Katy’s “Wide Awake” video, each rife with psychological meaning. Or, you know, cool imagery. Same diff.
Katy Pushes Back: After literally going through the looking glass, Katy arrives in an eerie labyrinth, one we’re pretty sure represents the constraints of celebrity. Tellingly, as soon as she enters, the walls begin closing in on her — only, rather than be crushed, Katy draws on her Samson-like inner-strength (and summons the same kind of pyrotechnics we saw in her “Firework” video) and sends the walls reeling. The message seems clear: Nobody puts Katy in a corner.
Katy Meets Her Former Self: Early in her journey, Katy comes face to face with a young girl who clearly represents her former innocence (just in case it wasn’t clear, we later see the same girl get on a bike with a vanity plate that reads “KATHERYN”). With the trappings of fame comes the longing for simpler times, and Lil Katy helps guide her grown-up self through her perilous voyage — and even helps save her. Clearly, nostalgia is a powerful thing.