Katy Perry has fired back at the NFL over its “pay to play” request for potential Super Bowl Halftime performers.
“I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,” Perry said during an appearance Saturday morning on ESPN’s “College Game Day.”
A report in The Wall Street Journal this past August said the NFL had asked Perry as well as Coldplay and Rihanna if they’d be willing to offer a percentage of their future tour earnings or “some other type of financial contribution” to perform at the big game in February.
The theory is that the exposure is so great, that artists should pay for some of it.
At the time, the league would neither confirm nor deny the allegations. “Our only goal with the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is to put on the best show for the millions of fans who watch,” Joanna Hunter, the NFL’s director of corporate communications, told TheWrap. “Our contract arrangements with artists are confidential.”
Joining ESPN co-hosts Lee Corso and Chris Fowler for some football commentary, Perry turned the guest appearance into a bizarrely entertaining performance.
Every week, Corso and Fowler break down the day’s biggest college football games, but they may have been unprepared for what the “Dark Horse” singer was bringing to the table.
Perry, who wore a fuzzy pink jersey and her hair in double buns, couldn’t stop playing with corn dogs on a stick that were laid out in front of her. If she wasn’t holding them up, the singer was flinging them at the camera.
At one point Fowler asked Perry to weigh in on an upcoming game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University.
“Is this the one that has the cocks in it?” she asked, apparently referring to the University of South Carolina’s mascot, The Gamecocks.
“Nope,” the panel responded incredulously.
Watch a mash-up of Perry’s appearance above and clip about Super Bowl below: