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Lists: In (faint) praise of Ke$ha: Four reasons she might not be as terrible as previously feared

ke$haAnd now we will attempt to defend ... this. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By Allison Stewart

Don't get us wrong: she's pretty bad. But over the past few months, we've softened in our estimation of Ke$ha. We used to think Ke$ha (who opens for Rihanna at Jiffy Lube Live tomorrow night) was an empty-headed Gaga wannabe who, well … this pretty much sums up what we used to think.

Now, we find her awfulness endearing, perhaps even ennobling. Here's why:

1) She's a performance artist. We think.

Could it be that Ke$ha is actually very clever, that her whole happy-skank-covered-in-glitter routine is a put-on? Consider the evidence: She seems well-spoken and frank. She almost went to Barnard. She admits to never having gargled with a bottle of Jack. She appears to have once read a book.

2) She's whimsical.
Ke$ha doesn't take herself too seriously. Last week, she wore an oversized animal head while walking out of a beauty salon. If Lady Gaga had done that, it would be because she was influenced by some Weimar Republic painter she read about in Interview magazine. But Ke$ha just cold felt like wearing an animal head. Or maybe she was profoundly influenced by underrated Los Angeles band Grant Lee Buffalo. Or maybe it's a Plushie thing. Either way, we approve.

(Ke$ha whifs on "SNL" and other atrocities, after the jump)

3) Her atrocious performance on "Saturday Night Live" helped turn our loathing to pity
We know. Most people do badly on "SNL." And why should we expect more from Ke$ha than from January Jones? But Ke$ha's performance was a rare breed of terrible: The American flag cape dramatically unveiled to an indifferent audience; the glow in the dark thing she did; the somebody-is-strangling-an-emo-clown vocals; the look of pure panic on her face when it all went south. It was hard not to feel bad.

4) She allegedly threw up in Paris Hilton's closet one time.

And then wrote a song about it.

By Allison Stewart  |  August 19, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
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Comments

Perhaps he awful outfits are a confused tribute to the hand-me-down style of Sub Pop grunge bands?

Nah.

Posted by: M__N | August 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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