That sound you hear is SHOTS FIRED from every branch of social media after Katy Perry’s geisha-themed performance of her song “Unconditionally” last night at the AMAs.
Katy wore a kimono and more makeup than the collective staff at a Mac counter while using Japanese choreography, royally pissing off some viewers who accused her of racism and “appropriating Asian culture” according to The Mirror. Katy already raised eyebrows in June when she told Jimmy Kimmel, “I’m so obsessed with you [Japanese race] I want to skin you and wear you like Versace!”
Someone needs to sit Katy down and, at the very least, give her ass some sensitivity training. If the rest of us have to sit through an entire morning being lectured on respect in the workplace because of one tiny kick to the vending machine holding our package of Ding Dongs hostage, Katy could stand to get some tips on how to honor a culture without going all Buffalo Bill on them. The bunk Microsoft paint job on the pic posted to the AMAs official Twitter doesn’t help the case against her, either.
That being said, not everybody hated the performance. Some defended Katy and said it was respectful, a nod to her Japanese fan base and since she grew up with Japanese lodgers in her parent’s home, it couldn’t possibly be racist.
The real crime here is that a professional singer ended up sounding like that drunk chick swaying back and forth in front of the karaoke machine at two in the morning for an audience of three and a half- her friend, the guy hoping to hit it and the bartender, with the half being the guy passed out at the end of the bar.