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Why is everyone calling her a racist?

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On Sunday night, Katy Perry was the opening performance at the American Music Awards. She performed in a full geisha costume and twitter and social media went wild.

A director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum was quoted as saying " "It is yet another example of Orientalist, exoticizing stereotypes about Asian women being reinforced. When you consider the pairing of her ensemble, which for the average viewer invokes the stereotypical 'geisha' image, with the words of the lyrics, 'I will love you unconditionally … don't need apologies,' it's clear that — intentionally or not — Katy is encouraging the kind of racist fetishization of Asian women as submissive and powerless that harms us and clouds the strength and resilience we demonstrate every day in this country as we support our families, contribute to the economy, and lead movements for social change."  ". 

Critics are saying that her performance was no difference than if she had performed in black face.

Check it out for yourself:

Do you think she was being racially insensitive with her performance?

Do you think her costume was perpetuating a negative stereotype?

Are we too quick call someone a racist these days?

by on Nov. 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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by Platinum Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Probably not.

Flobrooks
by New Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

No

No

Yes, absolutely!

theresaphilly
by Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

No

bellavida143
by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 1:47 AM

so would it be racist if she wore that as a reg haloween costume?  wth ppl r so dam touchy

JenniferLeighLu
by New Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM

She didn't do it to make fun of Geishas.  How come no one calls out Party City for having the costumes?  It's all in fun.  Geez, lighten up.

angelachristine
by Bronze Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

I don't really care for her but I don't think it was racist.

smgremminger
by Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM
No
slapdashmom
by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

China is fucking racist, if they're treating their women like this:

the kind of racist fetishization of Asian women as submissive and powerless that harms us and clouds the strength and resilience we demonstrate every day in this country as we support our families, contribute to the economy, and lead movements for social change.

Katy Perry didn't say all that. She didn't even imply it. 

Then again, I don't have an issue with black face either. Sooo.

EvilQueenMommy
by Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Do you think she was being racially insensitive with her performance? Yes

Do you think her costume was perpetuating a negative stereotype? Yes

Are we too quick call someone a racist these days? Not really. I think people are starting to realize and be vocal about racism

EvilQueenMommy
by Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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Geishas are Japanese

Quoting slapdashmom:

China is fucking racist, if they're treating their women like this:

the kind of racist fetishization of Asian women as submissive and powerless that harms us and clouds the strength and resilience we demonstrate every day in this country as we support our families, contribute to the economy, and lead movements for social change.

Katy Perry didn't say all that. She didn't even imply it. 

Then again, I don't have an issue with black face either. Sooo.


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