Katy Perry is under fire for trying to spread love after the election results. On Sunday, the singer reported on how she called family members who voted for Donald Trump’s re-election to tell them that she would be there for them. “[T]he first thing I did when the presidency was called is text and call my family members who disagree and tell them I love them and I’m there for them,” Perry tweeted. “”FamilyFirst. Call your family today. Happy Sunday.”
The first thing I did when the presidency was called is write a text and call my family members who disagree and tell them I love them and I’m here for them,” Perry tweeted. #FamilyFirst family. Call your family today. Happy Sunday. â¥ï¸
– KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 8, 2020
The presidential elections were scheduled for Saturday, with Joe Biden predicted to be the elected president.
Although the pop star had good intentions to keep the peace, he was met with counter-reactions in the social media.
Rahul Kohli of The Haunting of Bly Manor wrote: “These people voted for a man who incited violence and who did not care if marginalized people lived or died. You should be the first to reach out your hand to apologize, and that is the absolute minimum before talking about love and progress.
These people voted for a man who incited violence and who did not care if marginalized people lived or died. They should apologize FIRST, and that is the absolute minimum before we can talk about love and progress. https://t.co/a9k8jPZhgF
– Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) November 8, 2020
Another user wrote: “This is how you keep the country torn apart, do you know that correctly?
“F*** no, you’re wrong and I’m mad at you for that,” a fan shot back.
One user put forward the theory that since Perry is a celebrity, she is not affected by the outcome of the election like others. “The truth is that rich white ppl like yourself have NEVER been in danger, no matter who won this election. For you this is more of a difference of opinion – for the rest of us this election was in many ways a matter of life or death. So no, I will not call my family to comfort them.”
“My children still ask why they can’t talk to their grandparents, and I tell them, ‘Well, that’s because they couldn’t stop being racist even before you,'” wrote one user. “I don’t give a damn about all that kind of thinking.”
My children still ask why they can’t talk to their grandparents, and I tell them, ‘Well, it’s because they couldn’t stop being racist, even in front of you.
Fuck that whole train of thought https://t.co/g4WNEUsAfK
– Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) November 9, 2020
Others defended Perry by saying that their message was a message of love. “I don’t think she phrased it well, I think she meant that even if your family doesn’t have the same ideology or values about something, you still have to love them because they are family after all.
“So people actually hate Katy Perry now because she wants unity and peace between families who share different opinions?!” another asked.
Although Perry has never explicitly said who she will be voting for this year, based on the comments she made in the run-up to election day, one can assume that she was in favor of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“I’ve had the privilege of meeting @kamalaharris over the years, and the fact that @joebiden chose her as his candidate is already proof of his decision making: Kamala is exactly the kind of leader WITH experience we desperately need right now,” she wrote on Instagram in August. “She is the kind of person who is willing to work hard to make our country better. Less than 3 months to election day”.
She also provided information through social media about registering for the election and preparing for Election Day.
Washington Newsday contacted Katy Perry and received no response at the time of publication….