Demi Lovato Defends "Cool for the Summer" Against Claims That It Rips Off Katy Perry & Her Reasoning Is So On Point
She just turned up the heat with her new single, "Cool for the Summer," but Demi Lovato is already facing haters. While it's been championed as your new favorite summer fling anthem, others have pointed out similarities to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." Besides the fact that both songs are performed by powerhouse female vocalists, the lyrics have a lot of thematic overlap. However, as Lovato herself pointed out, that does not a rip-off make.
When Entertainment Tonight tweeted about critics comparing "Cool for the Summer" to Perry and Jessie J, Lovato responded by tweeting that the song "sounds nothing like it and with all the advances we've made in the LGBT community... I think more than one female artist can kiss a girl and like it....."
In case you haven't over-analyzed the lyrics to "Cool for the Summer," not only does it tease curiosity and experimentation, there's a possibly euphemistic lyric about cherries: “Got a taste for the cherry / I just need to take a bite…” (Let's not forget that Perry seductively liked the taste of another girl's cherry Chapstick.)
Initial comparisons aren't surprising, but Lovato's defense also happens to be extremely accurate. Less than one week after the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional, the country is seemingly more open-minded than ever. Can't more than one pop star celebrate exploring her sexuality?
Admittedly, there are even more legitimate comparisons to Perry and Lovato. Aside from cherry-themed innuendos, they both have insanely powerful voices on incredibly catchy tracks, love showing off their playful sides, and have the confidence to address what is apparently still a taboo topic. In other words, they're pushing the envelope in an amazing way and that's certainly not worthy of criticism. Neither of these singers is unique in celebrating same-sex relationships (even Taylor Swift references them in "Welcome to New York") and, if anything, Lovato's critics prove that the world could stand to be a little more open-minded.
In the song's lyrics, Lovato herself even offers up the antidote for haters, recommending that listeners brush off those who judge them. She's completely right. Instead of reading too much into the catchy, warm weather-ready track, let's all turn up "Cool for the Summer" and celebrate the fact that yet another fierce female claimed the number one spot on iTunes.