Katy Perry’s music doesn’t often serve much purpose, besides infuriating most of us who are blessed with functioning ears and an aversion to auto-tuning.
However, all that changed a few days ago on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – one of the few remaining sources of light and hope on American television.
Orlando shooting survivor, Tony Marrero told Ellen how Katy’s song Rise helped him get through a tough recovery in hospital, after the horrific attack at Pulse Nightclub on 12 June.
A visibly emotional Marrero explained that he played the song on repeat (much to the annoyance of his boyfriend) as he dealt with the trauma. He called Katy Perry ‘amazing’.
I just want to say thank you for everything you do.
Your lyrics to that song helped me from the day I was in that hospital all the way to now.
Katy, also weeping, added:
We’re both electrified by each other and so inspired.
The pop star then offered to pay for Marrero’s first year at film school, after it became apparent that he has a creative streak.
Katy’s most recent single, Rise dropped just a day after those notorious Orlando Bloom dick pics were released, sparking speculation that the whole saga had been a press stunt. I’m sure Katy is very pleased to have the tune associated with a cause altogether more worthwhile.
If her music helps this brave, strong man process the horrifying events he’s been through, then Katy Perry is utterly invaluable in our books.