One of the standout moments in Katy Perry’s music video for probable song of the summer “California Gurls” - inexplicably set in Candyland instead of the beach - is when two seemingly charming Gummi Bears greet Perry not with gelatinous high fives but instead with their middle fingers. Apparently the inclusion of the mean-spirited bears was a favorite element of the singer’s, as well.
“One of the parts that just came up was the Gummi Bears giving the middle finger,” she said. “What’s funny about Gummi Bears is that they don’t have fingers so they just [have] their paw thing. We still had to blur it out. I thought it was really cute, and I like that the Gummi Bears are really evil.”
Well, the Gummi Bears of the world aren’t just going to absorb this kind of degradation without standing up for themselves! MTV called up manufacturer Trolli for its take on the portrayal.
“Those are definitely not Trolli Gummi bears in the video because Trolli Gummi Bears would never be that rude,” John Leonardo, senior brand manager of Farley’s and Sathers (which owns Trolli), said in a statement. “Trolli bears would extend their chubby little arms and give Katy a big old bear hug and whisper, ‘Everything is going to be alright’.”
Expect a statement on behalf of whipped cream any day now.