Oh, if only everyone could be a piece of glitter on the wall during the Ke$ha concert at the Delaware State Fair this past Tuesday! Because if you were, you would get an inside look at the mystical world of Ke$ha that many people think is all about getting boozy, dressing trashy, and causing ruckus’ everywhere she goes. You would get to see why she is a positive trendsetter and influence on today’s young people the same way I did last night.
Well, let me first say, that anyone who previously promised this would be a PG show, was a LIAR, and I am so grateful. Ke$ha was dropping the F-Bomb left and right, speaking very loosely about her drunken experiences, dancing provocatively with her homosexually ambiguous background dancers, romancing herself with glitter and dirt, and of course, wearing no pants the whole time…Thus, everything you wanted from Ke$ha, that the Fair’s Management didn’t.
But to be honest, I don’t think any of these things phased even the youngest of kids or the oldest of adults because the elements were used strategically. When she dropped an “F” word or two it was only to hype up the crowd and get the intensity going for the next song. When she was dancing with her background singers, many of which were men dressed in homoerotic clothing, she was trying to break the taboos about love and self expression. She probably just wanted to show that no matter who you love or who you are, she wants to party with you!
Which brings me to one of the main themes of Ke$ha’s whole image: being yourself and expressing it, which is aptly stated in her single, “We R Who We R”! At the show, you saw concert-goers from 9- years- old to their late 50’s doused in glitter, wearing ripped clothing and sporting crazy hair color and make-up. Kids looked like kids, indulging in glitter and bright colors, not trying to grow up to fast, while teens/ adults were letting go of appearances and dressing how they felt like for a chance. This was a nice sight to see as kids weren’t trying to look like mini-prostitutes/adults weren’t trying to fit a mold of beauty, they were just having fun playing with their hair and creating their own sense of style.
The theme continued as Ke$ha also has a knack for physical/mobile self expression of her emotions. While on stage, she tended to run back and forth across stage like a wild mongoose, utterly breaking everything that got in her way. And what is the big deal? At least it’s just “stuff” that she’s breaking and not someone’s face. Which is a big lesson that she teaches with her tantrums; she teaches not to keep your feelings inside as this can harm you as well as others. If you are angry, hurt, or just have pent up aggression, letting it out in a healthy way by running around your house and trashing something (something non-expensive) is a lot more effective than holding this inside until you meltdown and eventually shut-down.
My last and final observation of Ke$ha’s knack for self-expression is simply her body’s appearance. Everyone at the concert could tell she wasn’t stick thin, or even worked out frequently, however her beauty and confidence made her look fabulous. She’s not one of those singers that tells you to be happy with yourself and the way you look while jumping around stage like a feeble twig. She is a girl who lives this everyday, she loves her body and the way that it is day in and day out, not just after a week of starvation. She further proved this point by wearing no pants at her concert…the whole time! She had some balls and really “Grew a Pair” when it came to taking pride in her God-Given physique.
So, for all those haters and naysayers who think that Ke$ha is just a drunken misfit who eats mud pies with glitter icing and had no right playing at the “family friendly” State Fair; the end of her show was dedicated to you as she exclaimed,” Be you always. Unapologetically.”