Can We Please Stop Calling Katy Perry Racist Now?

11/25/2013 11:00 AM PST, by
OK, so Katy Perry's performance at the American Music Awards last night ... ugh. As you can see, she wore a geisha inspired costume, and if you've seen her performance, you can see that the whole thing was inspired by Japanese culture. Here, just watch it:

What was the first thing that came to your mind after watching that? Was it "huh, pretty" or "Katy had kind of an off night," or was it "That's RACIST"? Because a whole, whole lot of people are thinking that last thing. And sorry, but that's a little ridiculous.

Look, if you're offended, you're obviously allowed to be offended, and if you think Katy was ignorant for doing this, then that's your right, too. But don't start crying racism, because that is not what this is. Is there anything negative about this performance? At all? Katy was inspired by visual elements of a culture that is different from hers and she used that to sing about unconditional love. Is this something that we're seriously going to get angry about?

Calm your hearts, friends. Maybe this will help:

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912 days ago

Who is calling her racist? The mayor of who-ville. Nice hook with no fish at the end. Bah.

Isaac Newton
912 days ago

She is gorgeous.

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Observer_The Lovely
912 days ago


...did she show her "Nips"....??

..cause that will make ME turn Japanese for a bit....

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912 days ago

You guys are the biggest fucking hypocrites alive.

912 days ago

Her singing was shocking and hurt my ears.

912 days ago

I'm not very PC but when it comes to racism, before passing judgement, try and look through the eyes of the minority. Its hard for many Americans to understand because the American culture only goes back 230 or so years. Plus the population is so diverse, it is nearly impossible for Americans to grasp the significance of traditions that are almost a thousand years old. Kimonos are important to many Japanese. They are very expensive and treasured by families. To see someone prancing around on stage pretending would be offensive. The closest thing I can think of to represent the US is a foreigner prancing around in an American flag. When all that being said, is Katie a racist? No. Should she be more sensitive to other cultures that she is emulating? yes

Lis Lis
912 days ago

Hmmm. Appreciating Japanese culture is NOT dressing in traditional Japanese garb, altering your complexion with makeup to appear more pale and "authentic", and doing your hair in a traditional Japanese style. What she did is the equivalent of those idiots who paint their faces black and wear afro wigs or dreadlocks etc. to emulate black people. She tried to get as close to looking like a person from another race as she could. That's a fact, not an opinion, and naturally, people are offended. I don't know that she's racist without know her personally, but it's really ignorant no doubt.

911 days ago

I wonder what her clam smells like.

911 days ago

If someone wears Native American gear, everyone loses their shit, but appropriate another country's culture and it's totally fine... Hypocrisy much? And no it's not racist but it still is appropriation.. Americans just don't have much culture of their own, being a relatively new country.

911 days ago

I'm sure if this was honoring black culture and she was dressed up as a black, ya'll would be singing a very different tune