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You'll forgive me for not endorsing Katy Perry the same way I do Kylie Minogue, because some things have always bugged me about Ms. Perry's pop persona: I find the little-girl-dolled-up-in-sexy-candy-costuming shtick sleazy without wit, her transition from Christian pop ingenue to bicurious bopper more than a little insincere, and her comments about mixing sex and spirituality ("I am sensitive to... Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen.") completely puritanical and lame. Say what you will about Ke$ha, but she's never been pretentious. I'm Team Tik Tok every time.

That said, on the occasion of Ms. Perry's 28th birthday, I'm game to rediscover the seven reasons it's Ok to call yourself a fan. Raise up your firework and follow along.

1. "California Gurls" was the definitive summer anthem of 2010.

2010 was »

- virtel

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