Dear Katy Perry,
Mental health is not a joke. And someone’s breakdown isn’t something to laugh about. Would you laugh about someone’s suicide? Your not one, but two displays of immaturity during the red carpet were in poor taste.
As someone who openly struggles with depression, and who has been hospitalized on a 5150, like Britney, I find that your comedic answers to the interview questions are the reason there is a stigma around mental illness in the first place.
Perhaps it is your insecurity about your own mental health that caused you to direct the attention away from your problems onto someone else? As a celebrity, I trust you know how much power your words hold in creating change …or upholding stereotypes. I trust that you know how hurtful words can be.
Next time you’re presented with the opportunity to talk about your mental health, I invite you to answer authentically. Our society is overloaded with sugar coated answers and distractions, and is in desperate need of truth. Next time, please use your words to spread love.