Katy Perry is stirring up some controversy over what’s being called a “geisha-inspired” performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night.
The star opened the show performing “Unconditionally” and transformed the stage in an ancient Orient theme. She was dressed in a long-sleeved pastel-colored robe with a white face and red lips, matching her dozens of background dancers who used traditional umbrellas as props.
Twitter lit up with comments from viewers, some of whom called the performance “horribly, obviously racist” and “mind-numbingly ignorant.”
I have few words to describe my confusion. How is this presentation racist? To me it looks like it was done with respect and is in fact a tribute to the beauty and grace of the culture Ms. Perry was trying to emulate. I look at her and she is absolutely stunning. Maybe I’m missing something but you can judge for yourself in the video below.
Compare that to the Miley Cyrus performance at the VMA awards below.
The condemnation of Ms. Perry only leaves me asking what the heck am I missing here? I know the difference between class and trash when I see it yet the class act gets trashed and the trash gets applauds. Truth be told I’m not a fan of either of these young ladies but if I were to choose I know which one would get my entertainment dollars.