Katy Perry called racist for using stereotypes of black women while on stage

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Katy Perry is receiving backlash for dancing with a group of women who appeared to be black female stereotypes. While performing on the Prismatic World Tour in London, Katy Perry danced with several voluptuous women with big lips, black hair, big breasts, and big butts.

The images appear to be caricatures of voluptuous black women. Black culture has always served as a major influence for many white musicians. From Elvis Presley’s take on the blues to Justin Timberlake’s 2013 dominance of R&B, white artists have used black sound and culture to catapult their careers. But there’s often a thin line between inspiration and the objectification of a race and culture.

But while Katy Perry’s recent performance seems to mock black women, it’s not the first time she’s been accused of using racist images on stage.

At the American Music Awards, Katy Perry was criticized for mocking Asian culture by performing with women who were dressed as Geishas.

Perry said the AMA performance didn’t have anything to do with race and she has yet to respond to the stereotypical females used during her recent performance.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

 

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

9 Comments
  1. Performing on stage with Geishas is not racist, but blowing features that are known to be inherited by African Americans out of proportion with the disgustingly and bizarre large lips and butt is gross and very distasteful. What was she trying to prove? She needs to be concentrating on producing some new songs that don’t have that same damn beat as al of her other ones.

  2. Iam a African-American female unique in my own ways. I never had a lot of experience s that some of our woman had but iam learning. We are colorful beautiful people. I don’t know much bout politics either. I do know as a free person i have a voice and my rights matter. If i like me any choices that i make is all that matters iam me you are you..if there is a replica of me somebody let me know because truth be told when i was born i came out of my mothers womb solo. Now u can say otherwise but if u do i say either you are a lying fool a dumb puppet or if you have something intelligent to say speak up coward you are the leader!

  3. honesty she is a no talented real ugly without makeup white girl , and her prop people and designers who she hire are the creators of all these weird costumes so blame them she just go along with the mess katy is not racist i just dont believe she is

  4. Another incident of racial aggravation. These movie stars are quiet aware of the exaggerated portrayal of black women through history and media. Often times, these portrayals have been used to agonized the natural beauty of black women.

    I am glad that the communities are standing up against this instead of sitting back while racism quietly passes by on our screens. It’s time for movie-stars to come up with something new and original instead of relying on out-dated and rather pathetic portrayals of entire cultures and identities for profit.

  5. Enough of these “hotntots”. This is clearly racist and anti-cultural as she is stealing the portrayl of Egyptian heritage. Egypt was known for it’s advancement in society but why white people in particular somehow believe that this is their “inheritance” by being unoriginal and stealing from others is the MAIN reason why they have made so many enemies!

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