2011-era Katy Perry peddled “Cali” as a place you drive to and “get drunk on the beach“ or get a motel and “buil[d] a fort out of sheets.” Per the mission statement track of that particular album, “California Gurls” are “toned, tan, fit and ready.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I was with all of aforementioned CA characterizations, every single one, until Snoop [Current Animal Here] mentioned “tan.” Is melanin — like indifference about earthquakes and a predilection for fruit sprinkled with Mexican chili powder – a legal requirement of living in the state? Well, that’s not good.
Flowers need sunlight to grow. This Violet needs sunlight to stay away. Ultraviolet light is invisible to the naked eye. This Violet wants a skin tone with those same characteristics. In short: This Violet needs no ultra.
My mom picked up the one-sheet at a closeout sale at the local video rental place. Though it was a little racy for an elementary schooler, I like to think she was instilling an appreciation in me for camp, Corman’s filmography, and the electromagnetic wavelengths that share my namesake.