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Katy Perry's AMA Performance Drawing Ire

Posted by - 01:41 PM on 11/25/13
Katy Perry performed at the AMAs last night in what appears to be a mixture of a Japanese kimono and a Chinese cheongsam. You know what the online response is going to be right? Not good.
And because of that, some are calling Perry's performance racist. One Twitter user (via The Huffington Post) said Perry "nailed the traditionally ignorant costume of a white pop singer." Another also asked, "why are you dressed like a geisha katy perry. why. for what. #thisisracist like horribly obviously racist." [SIC]

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01:41 PM on 11/25/13
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01:44 PM on 11/25/13
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Man that performance was awful. I still love her though.
01:45 PM on 11/25/13
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People need to stop doing this. idk why popstars get away with it so much. But omg it's so ~exotic


Is Gaga getting flak for Gypsy? I know some Romani people were upset about that song too, but I feel like people don't really care about them as much. I admittedly don't know much about it either.
01:47 PM on 11/25/13
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annnnnnd here we go!
01:49 PM on 11/25/13
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Not a fan of the performance, but I'm part Japanese, and I dont find this offensive at all.

If she's not marginalizing or ridiculing Asian Culture, I don't really see what the problem is.

It's just fashion.

If anything - I would argue that it raises awareness and appreciation for a culture that a lot of her core audience is unfamiliar with.
01:49 PM on 11/25/13
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Song is horrible
01:52 PM on 11/25/13
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Time to sit back an watch this shit storm go down
01:58 PM on 11/25/13
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Not a fan of the performance, but I'm part Japanese, and I dont find this offensive at all.

If she's not marginalizing or ridiculing Asian Culture, I don't really see what the problem is.

It's just fashion.

If anything - I would argue that it raises awareness and appreciation for a culture that a lot of her core audience is unfamiliar with.
I think people are also leftover upset from that time she said she wanted to skin Japanese people and wear them like Versace
01:58 PM on 11/25/13
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Sorry, thought it was pretty tastefully done. Yeah was her performance in the style of a less than accurate representation of two cultures? Yes. But she wasn't adopting some obscure accent or going out of her way to poke fun.

If people have an issue with this performance I'd like to direct you to every american made film involving Asian tropes. Or even point you towards one of a dozen ways cultures are being exploited in the media.
02:01 PM on 11/25/13
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Sorry, thought it was pretty tastefully done. Yeah was her performance in the style of a less than accurate representation of two cultures? Yes. But she wasn't adopting some obscure accent or going out of her way to poke fun.

If people have an issue with this performance I'd like to direct you to every american made film involving Asian tropes. Or even point you towards one of a dozen ways cultures are being exploited in the media.
Those should be called out more as well; imho.
02:03 PM on 11/25/13
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Halloween is racist to monsters BUT NO ONE EVER BRINGS THAT SHIT UP! GOD DAMN IT!
02:03 PM on 11/25/13
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Surprised they let her sing live.
02:06 PM on 11/25/13
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Those should be called out more as well; imho.
Totally agree. I'm not saying this kind of exploitation is ok by any means but we should be less selective in how we and who we accuse.
02:09 PM on 11/25/13
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This is the most pointless arguement. It was ignorance, not racism.

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