Hillary Clinton presented one of her most loyal supporters, singer Katy Perry, with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF Gala this past Tuesday night. It was Clinton’s second appearance since conceding the election to Donald Trump, and the award came as a surprise to the 32-year-old singer.
Perry was so overwhelmed with emotion that she did the same thing anyone in Hollywood does — write a love letter via Instagram caption — and it’s a goldmine of celebrity self-pity.
Slowly, I am coming down from the beautiful cloud that was Tuesday night's @UNICEF Snowflake Ball. First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to have received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from my hero @HillaryClinton. This award will be a constant reminder to get out of my bubble and back into the field to shine a light on issues that matter most, especially to illuminate the plight of vulnerable children who are living without basic human needs and rights. This honor is a starting line, not a finish line, for me, and I am excited for where my new ambition and purpose leads me! I was profoundly moved and thoroughly surprised when Hillary showed up to give me this award. I broke down and wept watching her take the stage. The last time I was in NYC was for Election Night. I left covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness. I felt vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child. From the outside it probably looks as though I've always had a "voice." Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared. Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have. Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence. I am continually inspired by her strength and how she continues to rise like the Phoenix she is, every time. It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, "Shut up and sing." Boy, will I do so in a whole new way... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.
Perry’s post was a declaration of gratitude containing all the necessary ingredients for a Hollywood soapbox, including how Hillary is the only politician that cares about humanitarian causes and how she (a professional stage performer) was shy and vulnerable before Hillary gave her strength. She also made a promise to use her celebrity platform to “fight” for whatever it is the Left is actually hoping to accomplish (i.e. probably the extinction of those racist and intolerant Republicans). Because of her obviously sincere connection to the average American, her insight about the future of our country came as a gift to all mourning liberals looking for a sign of hope on the Trump-plagued horizon.
The singer discussed her traumatic experience on Election Night, recalling “the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions.” Perry also noted that she felt “vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child.”
By use of the word “triggered,” we can see that this situation is serious. In fact, I truly do understand that she was confused. Her CNN app had been telling her for weeks that Clinton was going to sweep on Election Day. Those polls were so real to her, you know? And with the rest of her social circle being liberal Hollywood, I can’t imagine anything but solidarity when “Trump’s never going to win” came up during a party in the hills. As to that feeling of “vulnerability” and being “frightened like a child” — I suppose that comes along with the unfamiliarity celebrities experience when they don’t get what they want.
Perry continued, “I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness.”
By her definition, winning an election in the United States isn’t just or fair. To her, it doesn’t seem “just” or “fair” that the flawed nature of her beloved candidate was what actually cost the Democrats the election. The idea that a larger coalition of voters existed and supported someone else was unfair.
However, I would argue that most of us didn’t see it as just or fair that a person being investigated by the FBI would be eligible to run for President in the first place. We didn’t see it as just or fair that the mainstream media labeled Trump’s plan to fix illegal immigration as racist. And it certainly wasn’t fair that all of his supporters were deemed white supremacists for simply identifying with a message other than one of constant apology and political correctness.
But alas, Perry’s love letter comes full circle with the emergence of the shining beacon of light in her life: Hillary Clinton.
As her knight in shining armor, Clinton showed her that “we’re all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don’t have.”
Clinton, who was born into an affluent, white suburb in Chicago and attended Yale University, is the ever-present representation of average Americans. She is the reason that celebrities like Katy Perry understand what it’s like to be middle class.
Perry ended her declaration by saying that Hillary “lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day.”
The artistic prose and emotional reasoning in her caption are truly moving — it’s the exact finger-pointing, agenda-pushing strategy that mobilized Trump supporters in the first place. Thanks, Katy!