Katy Perry and The Kissing Sailor: Life Imitates Art

As featured in ABC News national blog, singer Katy Perry re-enacted the photo with a midshipman she pulled onto stage in a recent concert at the United States Naval Academy. Read the full ABC News Story here.

Katy Perry had been sick, but that didn’t stop the singer from doing her patriotic duty and performing at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

In a video posted on YouTube, Perry, wearing a sailor-style halter top, skirt and a Navy cap, called midshipman Beasley up onstage for a kiss, but first asked him how old he was. When he replied that he was 20, she responded, “Is this legal? Well, I’m a little bit older than you, but that’s all right, I can be your Mrs. Robinson.” Perry was referring to the character in the movie “The Graduate,” in which an older woman seduces a college boy.

As the audience whooped in delight, Perry told Beasley, “If I told you I had a cold, if I told you I flew here with a 101.8 temperature, would you still be all right with that?” When he responded, “Oh yeah!” she told him she wanted to recreate the iconic World War II photo of a sailor kissing a girl. “You ready?” she asked. He dipped her low and kissed her, while she lifted her knee in the air.

Perry later tweeted a photo of her posing backstage with a bunch of people — who appeared to be her band and backup dancers – in naval uniforms. “Played for some Navy guys & gals tonight,” she wrote. “I think my fever broke on stage from all the sea-men.”

The Kissing Sailor still resonates today.

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