Katy Perry has lots to say in her new music video for "Chained to the Rhythm."
The 32-year-old pop star debuted the music video for her catchy new single on Tuesday, which features a colorful, escapist -- and later, terrifying -- experience at a theme park. Set in a futuristic time, Perry critiques the crowd blindly going along with everything, though sinister elements lie underneath.
For example, Perry stops to smell the roses at one point, and in a not-so-subtle metaphor, pricks her finger on a thorn and draws blood. Later, she experiences a revelation amongst the robotic crowd, when Skip Marley pops out of the television screen as a '50s-style film plays about a "nuclear family."
When thinking about the song's lyrics, the accompanying video makes plenty of sense. "Are we crazy? Living our lives through a lens/ Trapped in our white-picket fence," Perry sings. "Like ornaments/So comfortable, we live in a bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble/ trouble/ Aren't you lonely/Up there in utopia/ Where nothing will ever be enough?/Happily numb."