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.

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