Grammys: Pretty Much Everyone Is Making the Same Joke About Katy Perry

Pop star’s public debut of “Chained to the Rhythm” was politically charged, but all anyone can talk about is Wilson

Last Updated: February 12, 2017 @ 8:02 PM

Katy Perry’s politically charged performance of her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” was intended to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Grammys. Alas, thanks to a curious set design choice (combined with her choreography), all anyone can talk about is the 1990s Tim Allen sitcom “Home Improvement.”

Featuring Perry wearing a “persist” armband, a backdrop that ultimately turned into the U.S. constitution projected over her and co-performer Skip Marley, and ending with her shouting “No Hate,” the performance was supposed to debut her recently announced pivot toward what she calls “purposeful pop.” Unfortunately, the set was a mock-up of a suburban house with a white picket fence, and at one point Perry, wearing sunglasses, peeked up from behind the fence as she sang.

Cue an avalanche of Wilson jokes.

Quick aside: Wilson was the breakout supporting character on “Home Improvement,” known for talking to Tim Allen‘s character from behind their backyard fence, which always obscured his face. #themoreyouknow!

Anyway, it felt like everyone on Twitter was quick to make the same joke. Here’s a sample:

We’re not hating of course – you simply can’t sing from behind a picket fence wearing sunglasses without conjuring up “Home Improvement.” Fortunately, for those of not into reliving the Clinton years, some non-Wilson jokes were made. Read on for a palate cleanser.

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