Katy Perry Rages With Drag Queens During ‘SNL’ Performance of ‘Swish Swish’
On last night’s finale of Saturday Night Live, Katy Perry performed her new single “Swish Swish” with a shit ton of drag queens and that one boy with some impressive dance moves.
Just watch, he is going to be a meme in minutes.
Some of the queens who joined Perry were New York’s Brita Filter, Scarlet Envy, Brenda Dharling, Svetlana Stoli, Yuhua Hamasaki and RuPaul’s Drag Race season six queen Vivacious.
The performance was a homage to club culture, as well as the ballroom scene. The looks donned by many of the queens and dancers were very club kid. The vogueing down the runway reminded us of some ballroom fierceness.
This season, Saturday Night Live is a whole lot gayer. Earlier this year, they featured a hilarious parody of Fire Island, profiling a group of lesbians vacationing in Cherry Grove. Next, they featured a sketch showing a group of masculine auto-mechanics admitting they’re obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The show has embraced queer culture to a whole new level and we love it. Incorporating drag queens into their sketches and musical numbers, first Trinity Taylor and now queens like Vivacious, they are putting even more mainstream eyeballs on the coveted queens of our community.
The song “Swish Swish” is believed to be a clap back to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Many people compared Perry’s look during the performance to Beetlejuice. Not sure what they have to do with each other, but both are worth mentioning here in this recap.
Some of the important references to Swift include Perry referring to her as a sheep – a term she has used before to describe Swift. Perry also uses the word “calculated,” a term historically used to describe Swift much to her chagrin.
On Friday, Jimmy Fallon asked Katy Perry if “Swish Swish” is “about anyone we know.” The singer made no effort to deny the Swift speculation.
“I think it’s a great anthem for people whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you,” Perry said.
“That’s kinda what this record is about. It’s just like 360-degree liberation. ‘Chained to the Rhythm‘ was this political liberation. ‘Bon Appetit‘ was this sexual liberation. And now this, ‘Swish Swish,’ represents the liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”