Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" sends mixed messages

Is it a song encouraging binge drinking, or just having fun?

Published June 14, 2011 2:15PM (EDT)

Katy Perry's alter ego parties in "Last Friday Night."
Katy Perry's alter ego parties in "Last Friday Night."

Since when do music videos need credit sequences? Since Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" apparently, which features not only two members of "Glee" (Darren Criss and Kevin McHale), but Kenny G., Hanson, Debbie Gibson, Corey Feldmen, and Rebecca Black.

Last week, Katy previewed her alter ego for this video, Kathy Lee Perry, a dork with headgear who just wanted to party and/or remember how hard she partied the weekend before. (It was a little unclear.) After finally watching the video, the message of the song remains somewhat of a mystery.

Is Perry advocating underage drinking, doing shots, and blacking out as a way to get the kids from "Glee" to like you? Or in grand 80s movies tradition, should we believe that Kathy/Katy's debaucherous night is nothing more than a little harmless fun?

At any rate, it's nice to see Katy take Rebecca Black under her wing and revive the "Friday" singer's image … even if it's just for one night.

By Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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