What did Katy Perry do during her American Music Awards performance on Sunday night that some are calling "racist?"
While performing her new song for Unconditionally at the AMAs, Katy wore a geisha-inspired costume and using a set with a mixture of Chinese and Japanese imagery.
A post on the Wall Street Journal said:
“Perry’s whiteface/yellowface performance [was] a harsh reminder of how deeply anchored the archetype of the exotic, self-sacrificing ‘lotus blossom’ is in the Western imagination."
The Atlantic said that her show opener was “not a celebration” of Asian culture, but rather “the performance equivalent of skimming a Wikipedia page, not a tribute based in any deeper understanding or desire for accuracy.”
Ouch, ouch, ouch!!! Take a look at the performance above and judge for yourself. Do you think it was over the top or meant in the wrong way?