Experience the Fireworks with Katy Perry

Katy Perry is the first female artist to have three consecutive singles reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in eleven years—for this, she should be proud. She should also be proud that the music video for her single “Firework” is one of the most effective videos this year. This song is an empowerment anthem with beautiful imagery.

In the video, there are seemingly unrelated people going about their lives, a little isolated from the world. These characters are everyday people who are going through things that distance them from their “normal” lives, whether it is an illness, negative body image, or insecurity about sexual orientation. The video shows each character break past his or her barriers and show the world his or her true colors.

The child battling cancer is no longer confined to the hospital. The self-conscious girl strips off her clothes and jumps into the fun (the pool) with her friends. The young man afraid to open up about his sexuality walks across the room and kisses a guy with no inhibitions. As the characters step past their boundaries, their chests start to spark and they let their “colors burst”.

By the end of the video, everyone has fireworks shooting from their chests because they are not worrying about what people think or what is holding them back from living their lives. The fireworks are symbols for hope, tolerance, and that special spark everyone has inside. The video shows that everyone is special and should be proud to be themselves—definitely worth watching again.

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