×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Katy Perry Chides Los Angeles Mayor Over ‘Those F—ing Bird Scooters’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may have been on hand to present Katy Perry with a Courage Award on Thursday night at amfAR Gala Los Angeles, but that didn’t keep the “Firework” singer from bringing up some municipal issues with him.

After Garcetti gushed over Perry, she chided the mayor about parking tickets and “those f—ing Bird scooters.”

“Who signed off on those?” Perry asked to wild applause. “There’s literally one right outside the building tipped over just to trigger me!”

She also took a playful dig at her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, over Garcetti’s kind words. “Take note Orlando,” Perry smiled. “I mean, I’ve never had anyone speak about me like that.”

The gala, held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif., kicked off with a cocktail party followed by welcoming remarks from CAA’s Kevin Huvane. A dinner that began with Darren Criss on an acoustic guitar singing a mashup of Perry’s many hits followed.

During the live auction, Heidi Klum went home with a Dan McCarthy sculpture for $30,000.

Perry offered a surprise auction item — a trip to Disneyland for six people with the pop star. “If you have kids who love me, I’ll sing ‘Roar,'” Perry promised.

Fellow honoree TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie’s wife, Heather Lang, placed the winning bid of $160,000. Shortly thereafter, a one-on-one lunch with Mycoskie went for $150,000.

During her acceptance speech, Perry recalled her childhood. “You may or may not have heard that I come from a Bible-thumping background that wasn’t particularly open or accepting of curiosity,” she said. “Like for instance…I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms — luck was too closely associated with Lucifer — or watch ‘The Smurfs’ because they were magical blue demons. And then I become Smurfette later on in life.”

She added, “I may not have known it then but daring to ask questions and redefine right and wrong when everybody around me spoke in absolutes was my first attempt at a courageous life. Today I understand a courageous life is the only one worth living and courage can’t always be easily defined but we all know it when we see it, especially when we feel it. It goes without saying that we are living in a bit of a tumultuous time but it’s times like these that courage tends to catch the light and sparkle for all to see.”

AmfAR has set a goal to fund research to find a cure for HIV/AIDS by 2020.

On the red carpet, Perry imagined what that would be like. “I would go out to the streets dancing,” she said. “Just dancing and holding people and throw just like one big dance party.”

The evening was topped off by a performance by Dame Shirley Bassey.

More Scene

  • Billy Eichner Power of Pride Variety

    Billy Eichner on Taylor Swift's 'Calm Down' Backlash

    When Taylor Swift released her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, it seemed like every member of the LGBTQ in Hollywood was included — except for Billy Eichner. “I’m still not gay enough for Taylor Swift — or too gay — I don’t know what it is,” Eichner joked at Variety’s Power of Pride [...]

  • Bebe Rexha

    Mumford and Sons, Sting, Ciara, Bebe Rexha Light Up Cannes Lions

    There was no shortage of excellent music at the 2019 edition of Cannes Lion. The international gathering of creatives drew top music brands – among them: Spotify, Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM/Pandora, VEVO and Universal Music Group – and a slew of well-known acts to stages across the Croissette, to villas above the city and onto [...]

  • Patrick Wilson

    Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace on Scary Stories From 'Annabelle Comes Home' Set

    Tales of spooky occurrences on the sets of horror movies like “The Exorcist” and “Poltergeist” have circulated for years, and it looks like “The Conjuring” franchise is following in their footsteps in that regard. The cast of “Annabelle Comes Home” shared their unnerving stories from set at the film’s premiere on Thursday night at the Regency [...]

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

  • Cara Delevingne attends The Trevor Project's

    Cara Delevingne Recalls Producers Saying That Being Queer Will Hurt Her Career

    Hollywood may be celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with displays of the rainbow flag and lots of talk about supporting diversity and inclusion, but Cara Delevingne says there’s still work to be done. “Behind closed doors, we are still being told, as I have, by powerful Hollywood producers that we can’t make it if we’re queer,” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content