Posted on: April 15, 2023, 07:13h.
Last updated on: April 15, 2023, 07:16h.
A viral video from Katy Perry’s “Play” residency at Resorts World on Friday night stoked a Twitter tempest when it was posted out of context Saturday morning. The clip, filmed during the singer’s performance of her song, “Swish Swish,” shows someone provocatively licking and fondling her.
More than 287K fans viewed the video, posted by Twitter user @Thomasde_groot along with the words “Help? @katyperry.”
Hundreds of commenters expressed outrage over a male fan being allowed to sexually harass their idol.
“This is harassment,” tweeted @Ukeathornrose.
“That’s rude and such a pervert…they shoulve protect[sic] her,” @Februhh added.
“This is awkward and I think it was disrespectful to her… there are limits of respecting the privacy of people and this was way off the limit,” tweeted @loveperrysk.
It turns out, the moment was pre-planned and the “fan” was Antony Ginandjar of The Squared Division, the duo who choreographed both Perry’s “Play” residency and “Witness” tour. According to attendees of the concert who tried calming down the outraged KatyCats, Perry invited him on stage to compete in a dance-off against a real fan who won a contest that was part of the show.
A post in the reddit group r/popculturechat — whose headline screamed “Katy Perry Fan Under Fire for ‘Feeling Her Up’ During Last Night’s Las Vegas Show” — was removed by the subreddit’s moderators, who issued a reprimand: “This is her choreographer. We are not a cancel culture sub(reddit).”
Even after the reality of the situation was pointed out to the Twitter mob, many refused to take comfort.
“Ohhh,” @loveperrysk commented after the truth was revealed, “but even he invaded too much her privacy.”
Allegedly Not the First Perry Incident
Perry is no stranger to allegations of sexual harassment involving co-workers. The first time, however, she was the one accused of it. In 2019, John Kloss — her male co-star in the 2010 music video for “Teenage Dream” – uploaded a since-deleted Instagram post accusing Perry of pulling off his Adidas sweats and underwear backstage at one of her shows, he wrote, “to show a couple of her guy friends, and the crowd around us, my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed I felt?”