Katy Perry was across the pond this weekend to attend and perform at King Charles III’s coronation event at Windsor Castle. The singer wore a foil-like bronzed Vivienne Westwood gown while she belted out two of her classic hits, “Roar” and “Firework,” to the thousands in attendance, including the King and Queen.
While viewers enjoyed Perry’s performance, there was one moment in her short set which raised some eyebrows from her English crowd. In “Firework,” Perry sings the line: “You just gotta ignite the light. And let it shine. Just own the night, like the Fourth of July.” Funnily enough, BBC only posted her “Roar” performance on their verified YouTube channel. Folks on Twitter found her choice of song to be ironic and hilarious since it references Americans’ Independence Day from the British in 1776.
One person wrote: “Katy Perry singing Firework at the Coronation is kind of ironic…like the 4th of JULY?! In BRITAIN?” Another shared a gif of Ray Liotta laughing and wrote, “Talking about ‘The forth of July’ at the Coronation.” Meanwhile, another fan said, “Like here’s a reminder of how the Americans overthrew you, have fun!” One person hilariously shared a clip of Charles being crowned and said, “FIREWORK BY KATY PERRY. ‘LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY’ THEY CANT BE SERIOUS.”
Another asked, “Is it my imagination, or did Katy Perry suddenly realize in the middle of her song how strange it is that she’s celebrating the coronation of the King of England with a song which highlights our holiday celebrating our independence from the same monarchy? She stops right there…”
One person asked, “Katy Perry reminding [Britain] to ‘own the night like the 4th of July’ … Um, is that awkward?” Another added, “Katy Perry singing about 4th July to the British King is surely an arrestable offence.” Added another, “I find it hilarious that Katy Perry sang about “the Fourth of July” at a concert celebrating the coronation of King Charles III.” Another joked: “Katy Perry performing Firework and singing ‘own the night like the Fourth of July’ at the coronation of the King of England is lowkey savage.”
Meanwhile, her fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie also performed at the coronation. The 73-year-old musician performed his hits “Easy” and “All Night Long.” As we previously reported, Ed Sheeran and Alanis Morisette filled in this Sunday for the judges while they were away.