Winner and loser of the week: Katy Perry brings us to tears; Ann Coulter gets roasted
Katy Perry. The Rise singer brought the Internet to tears when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to surprise Orlando Pulse shooting survivor Tony Marrero. Marrero spoke about how Perry's lyrics got him through the tragedy and continue to inspire him. That's when DeGeneres asked, "Have you met Katy yet? Would you like to meet her?" Perry walked out with tears already swelling with arms open wide. It was all too much to take in. "Life isn't easy and you need little reliefs, through songs possibly," Perry said after a long embrace. "I'm happy to be a joy, I'm happy to be a light, I'm happy I could be there in my own little way to help you." But grab your Kleenex, because Perry also told Marrero she was going to personally pay for his first year of film school.
Ann Coulter. If Rob Lowe was roasted on Comedy Central, then Coulter was skewered over a Burning Man level flame. The conservative political commentator and author was a guest on Lowe's roast, and while the Lowe jokes got pretty nasty, most of the night's punchlines were shot at Coulter. Nothing was off limits, and the other comedians (host David Spade, Nikki Glaser, Jeff Ross, Jewel, Peyton Manning and others) were absolutely brutal to their fellow roaster.
"I do want to say as a feminist that I can't support everything that's been said tonight," singer Jewel said while strumming her guitar. "But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I'm delighted." And that was the kindest jab of the night. Then it came time for Coulter to take the mic and throw some shade back at Lowe. She failed. Big time. Struggling to make it through her own material (she shot down jokes written for her), Coulter shamelessly plugged her new book In Trump We Trust while the audience booed or remained uncomfortably silent. But Coulter chooses to believe that her jokes weren't all that bad.
"I don't know how they edited it, but I know I got laughs when I was there," she told TMZ. "They didn't seem to be wanting to do me any favors and you can do a lot in film editing. But yeah, I wish they'd just run the whole roast straight without their editing." Okay, Ann.