In a statement released today by Media Action for Asian Americans to TheWrap, Perry’s performance was reminiscent of the Beatles donning Nehru jackets in an homage to traditional Indian culture.
“We did not find Katy Perry’s performance at Sunday night’s American Music Awards to be offensive. It’s not racist for a non-Asian person to wear Asian clothes,” president Aki Aleong said. “If it was so, the Beatles would’ve been criticized for wearing Nehru jackets back in the ‘60s. By going to India, learning meditation, dressing in Indian clothes, and George Harrison taking a fondness to the sitar, the Beatles brought attention to Indian culture and enabled it to be considered and enjoyed by millions across the world.”
So, we should be thankful that Perry donned a Geisha outfit and sang to us about giving total devotion to a man. She’s paying tribute to Japanese culture.
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