Katy Perry's Halftime Plan: Diss Taylor Swift?

Super Bowl halftime buzz centers around catty drama
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Katy Perry's Halftime Plan: Diss Taylor Swift?
In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Katy Perry performs on stage at "The Prismatic World Tour" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

Katy Perry is this year's Super Bowl halftime performer—and the big question is whether Perry will diss Taylor Swift during her performance Sunday. As Time recounts, Swift's recent song "Bad Blood" is reportedly about Perry; Swift hasn't said so specifically, but she admitted in a Sept. 8 interview the song is about another female artist who "sabotaged" her tour and stole dancers from her, and a Perry tweet on Sept. 9 seemed to confirm that "Bad Blood" was, indeed, about a feud between the two of them. (Said tweet: "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...") So the gossip media is, of course, abuzz: Will Perry find a way to slam Swift during her halftime show?

Sources tell outlets like Hollywood Life that, indeed, she will. Perry "wants to make a statement with her performance and show that she is the biggest female act in the world and she wants to show that to everyone including Taylor, who she has a feud with. In Katy’s eyes, no one can compete on her level," says one. "Katy will be doing something on stage during her performance that will be directed towards Taylor. She is working on it to be a visual or a lyric related jab." In a piece picked up by Time, Natalie Morin bemoans the fact "that the public is feeding into this notion that women can’t revel in each others successes—they have to compete against each other," pointing out that last year, coverage of male halftime artist Bruno Mars had to do with his talent and his music, not gossip or his personal life. (More crazy celebrity feuds here.)

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