Katy Perry has gotten some shit over the past few months for her cultural appropriation practices – from dressing up like a geisha to, more recently, featuring mummified bodies with huge boobs and asses with big hoop earrings during her Prismatic World Tour shows. So what does Katy make of the criticism?
From Rolling Stone:
“As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery,” she says. “Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people.”
She knows the rules are changing, that “cultural appropriation” is increasingly uncool, but she’s not thrilled about it. “I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it,” she says. “I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to fuck me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know.”
Ouch, she’s right – the hot dogs and baseball thing will definitely come back to haunt her. On one hand, I get what she’s saying: I believe you can appreciate other cultures that you’re not a part of for their beauty and rich history, but I also think it’s a thin line between appreciation and attempting to claim something as your own that you don’t fully understand. I think Katy’s intentions are good, but intention doesn’t really matter if the end result is fucked up – especially to the cultural groups who are on the receiving end. After all, it might be cool to “act black” or appreciate “ratchet” parts of black culture now, but where it counts, it’s definitely not all that great of an experience for people of colour much of the time. Just something for Katy (and Gaga and others…) to think about.
July 31, 2014 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Y’all know I love Katy Perry and I find it challenging to speak against her, but I will get ruthless if need be – and this outfit warrants it. I know Katy is in a bit of a grunge phase at the moment, but there is no excuse for this, to be honest. I don’t even have any commentary besides “WTF?!” so I’ll just let you enjoy this in all its glory. She’s obviously going through Some Shit at the moment. That choker? SMH…
July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
There’s not much to say about this one. Katy Perry is releasing her new fragrance, Royal Revolution, pretty soon and to promote it, she’s come out with an advertisement. One weird thing? It’s animated. And a bit bizarre, but I suppose I’m intrigued. See what you think!
July 8, 2014 at 5:00 am by Jennifer
Katy Perry is currently in the midst of her Prismatic World Tour, as I’m sure you know by now, and she decided to have a giant 4th of July shindig with her friends, band and crew at Walt Disney World and it looked like a lot of fun.
Basically, I’m really jealous and want to go to Disney World. Also, I really, really hate that hairdo she’s been sporting so much lately.
July 6, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Katy Perry won’t turn 30 until October, but for some reason she’s already talking about her milestone birthday and all of her hopes and dreams for the next decade.
“I still feel 13 on the inside,” she says of hitting the milestone in October.
“Birthdays are a big thing for me. We always have a themed party. It’s a good excuse for me to bring my friends together and go buck wild.”
“I just want to be able to continue to stay self-aware and as unaffected as possible,” Perry says. “I just want to stay authentic and keep dreaming my dreams.”
Don’t we all still feel 13 inside? Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, as the old song goes – I don’t feel any older than I ever have, really. Sure, you get more mature and learn to take care of yourself, take responsibility, etc, but you can still have that fun-loving, childish side to you, and that doesn’t go away because another year passes, really.
Anyway, keep doing you, girl. Dream them dreams!
July 5, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Katy Perry has a background in Christian music herself – her parents wouldn’t so much as let her listen to a secular song until she was well into her teens – so a new lawsuit filed against her is semi-ironic. Apparently her song ‘Dark Horse’ is a little too close to a gospel song called ‘Joyful Noise’ that came out five years ago, and now the people who wrote it want some $$$ for their trouble.
The suit was filed by an artist known as Flame — along with other singers. They say Perry not only hijacked their religious music … she also destroyed their reputation in the Christian music world … because they’re now associated with the anti-Christian witchcraft and imagery that appears in the “Dark Horse” music video.
They’re suing for damages … and want Perry to stop using any form of their music … stat.
I mean… it is INCREDIBLY similar in the beat, but the beat itself isn’t necessarily anything unique, and Katy’s builds and moves away from all of that quickly, so I’m torn. Plus, all music is derivative, so do we really think she was even aware of this song?
What do you think? Should she have to pay up?