Published March 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Katy Perry transforms herself into a U.S. Marine in her latest power-pop single, "Part of Me," which addresses female empowerment and pays particular tribute to service women.
However, at least one media type doesn't support Perry's Marines shout-out.
Prominent feminist Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth" and one of many who were arrested amid the Occupy Wall Street protests last year, is urging Americans to boycott the singer, labeling her video "a total piece of propaganda for the Marines."
"I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it," Wolf wrote on her Facebook page. "It is truly shameful... I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked - if you are as offended as this glorification of violence as I am."
A source close to Perry was shocked and disgusted by Wolf's remarks, telling Fox411.com: "What a world, go Katy."
Others are more vociferous in her defense.
"Naomi Wolf is a living, breathing contradiction. Her anti-military sentiments against the men and women fighting to defend the freedoms she exercises regularly, speech and protest, is absurd and disturbingly disgraceful," Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer told Fox411.com. "What an enormous slap in the face for our servicemen and women. Naomi Wolf's blatant disrespect for the United States Military, and her political irreverence should be completely disregarded, and her rants and writings, boycotted."
Another PR pro thinks Wolfe's boycott call will backfire.
"In her efforts to boycott the video Naomi Wolf has brought more attention to it. Without her comments, most people would clearly have seen the military simply as a metaphor and not as an attempt by Katy Perry to glamorize the military or war," said Glenn Selig, founder of The Publicity Agency. "It's hard to believe that Naomi Wolf's view of the video will resonate with the public at large because most people will view her comments as completely absurd and a ridiculous attempt to make a big deal out of nothing."
Chances are Perry will take the Wolfe's criticism in stride.
"This is one of the most aggressive videos I have ever done," Perry told MTV last week. "It is an affirmation of strength, so I wanted to go the strongest route I could."
Perry and Wolf did not immediately respond to a request for comment.