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PRIDE 2024

How Katy Perry “fixed” NFL kicker Harrison Butker’s controversial commencement speech

Kansas City Chiefs star Butker drew criticism for his comments on women and the LGBTQ+ community at a Catholic private liberal arts school.

Kansas City Chiefs star Butker drew criticism for his comments on women and the LGBTQ+ community at a Catholic private liberal arts school.
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Katy Perry is not known as the “Queen of Camp” for nothing, and showed her ongoing support for the LGBTQ+ community, and fellow females, by posting an edited video of NFL kicker Harrison Butker’s controversial commencement speech on Instagram.

What did Butker say in his commencement speech?

The Kansas City Chiefs player hit the headlines recently after his appearance at a Catholic private liberal arts school in Kansas. He first used the term “deadly sins” in his description of Pride month, and then moved onto the role of women in society, claiming his wife’s “vocation” as a “homemaker” had made his success possible.

You can read Butker’s comments in more detail here.

Former Kansas City commission Justice Horn and Chiefs players Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes were among those who distanced themselves from Butker’s views, although the latter duo did have praise for the 28-year-old as a person and teammate.

On Sunday, Perry showcased her not exactly smooth editing skills on Instagram, posting a heavily edited video of Butker’s commencement speech, with clips of his words and phrases rearranged. AI was definitely not used, but the message was the important thing in any case.

Harrison Butker’s “new” commencement speech, as told by Katy Perry

“For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. You should be proud of all that you have achieved at this point in your young lives. How many of you are sitting here now about to cross this stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you’re going to get in your career? I would venture to guess the women here today are going to lead successful careers in the world.

“I say all of this to you because I have seen firsthand how much happier someone can be supporting women, and not saying that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world. The road ahead is bright, things are changing. Society is shifting and people young and old are embracing diversity, equity and inclusion. With that said, I want to say Happy Pride month to all of you, and congratulations class of 2024.”

Perry dedicated the “fixed” speech to her “girls, graduates and gays”. Pride Month typically runs for the whole of the June, although often extends further across the summer. International LGBT Pride Day is on 28 June, the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a series of gay liberation protests.

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