Katy Perry is beloved around the world, but Australia sees her as a biohazard. I love this story, it sounds so much worse than it is.
Basically, her CD comes with seeds to plant, and that’s not ecologically sound, or something. Here’s some details from Australia’s Tonedeaf:
The Department of Agriculture have raised the alarm over concerns with international copies of the record, with deluxe editions of Prism coming bundled with small packets of seeds that have been identified as a risk to the country by bio-security offices. …
“The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of biosecurity concern. This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage,” a department spokeswoman tells News Ltd, which includes the Perrry’s gesture to fans to plant seeds that come packaged with her new LP.
“Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern,” adds the spokeswoman, with the country’s strict customs laws keeping a close watch on copies of the album being shipped in from overseas.
Aww, boo, Australia! But it makes sense. At this this is one thing Gaga’s doing better than Perry. (OH, BOOM!)