Katy Perry's AMA Outfit Was NOT Racist, So Can Everybody Relax?

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Hey, guess what? It's time to play everybody's favorite game: "Was That Celebrity's Costume Racist or Just a Harmless Nod of Appreciation to Another Culture?" Today's edition features Katy Perry and the geisha-inspired get-up she wore for her show-starting performance of "Unconditionally" at the American Music Awards. Reactions to Perry's appropriation of the traditional Japanese costume have been, predictably, mixed. Naysayers claim the choice was "ignorant" and "trite;" in her defense, fans have pointed out that Perry "loves Japanese culture" and the Japanese love her right back.

Personally, I wouldn't call myself a Katy Perry "fan" -- but I've got to side with her supporters on this one. 

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YES, celebs have been known to don some outrageously offensive costumes, particularly lately (Julianne Hough, ahem, blackface, cough, cough). so I get why we're all a little extra sensitive these days, but it's not like Perry was pulling a Miley Cyrus-esque slant-eyed stunt. Geisha-influenced fashion is nothing new, and besides, Katy Perry is famous for her love of cartoonishly colorful ensembles.  Don't believe me? Have a little fun and do a Google image search for Katy Perry's craziest costumes. Among other uber-flamboyant looks, you'll find the pop star:

1. Dressed up as a fried egg.

2. Dressed up as a snowman.

3. Wearing fake cupcakes on her boobs.

4. Wearing a miniature carousel as a skirt.

5. Dressed up as Uncle Sam.

6. Wearing fake peppermints on her boobs.

7. Dressed up as a peacock.

You get the idea. I'm surprised it took her this long to do the geisha thing, honestly! Point is, how can anybody take offense at a performance in traditional Japanese garb by a singer who's just as likely to perform in a fried egg costume?!

Do you think Katy Perry's geisha-inspired AMA costume was racist?

 

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