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Terminal Lance “Behind the Scenes”


For those of you not in the know, Katy Perry released a music video yesterday for her song “Part of Me” that was filmed with real Marines. I can only imagine the amount of desperate and idiotically brave Marines that tried to get her number, or ask her to the Marine Corps Ball. Of course, I’m sure she was least impressed with our 1171 friend here, who always seems to think he’s got a lot more game than he really does.

Here is the video in question:

For the most part, the video actually isn’t all that bad. Going against my Terminal Lance instincts, I know I should naturally hate anything that’s so deliberately moto. However, I suppose I just feel like it could have been a lot worse. Of course, there are many laughable instances about the piece that any Marine that’s been in longer than 5 minutes can find. For starters, women don’t have to cut their hair to be Marines. You don’t get handed cammies with your name on them in boot camp, I have no idea what MOS she’s supposed to be, and the part where she’s trying to shoot her rifle with her ginormous kevlar in her face gets me every time.

Little gripes aside, there was one thing that legitimately confused me: Why the hell does she wrap her breasts? I was expecting some kind of GI Jane gender-bender thing but she just… joins the Marines. Women join the Marines all the time… as women… so this was probably the most confusing part of the video for me. It just doesn’t seem to have any relevance to the whole thing. It also sucks because Katy Perry has a pretty fantastic rack, which has been put under wraps for this video.

In any case, I think the Corps should really consider throwing out that most recent recruiting video they put up a couple weeks ago and replace it with this. Katy Perry dancing under a gigantic flag is a way better idea, I’m sure female recruiting just spiked at the same rate as everyone’s moto-boners (and real boners).

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

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