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Katy Perry AMA Geisha Act Draws Unfair ‘Racism’ Critics (watch!)

Katy Perry went all out with a Japanese theme for her opening act, and was criticized for being racist.

Katy Perry went all out with a Japanese theme for her opening act, and was criticized for being racist. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Katy Perry staged an elaborate Japanese-themed opening act for the American Music Awards and was promptly accused of “racism” for dressing as a geisha during her performance of “Unconditionally.” But we gotta call it unfair.

Among the beefs, Perry was accused of “sexualizing” the traditional Japanese female entertainer.

But that hardly seems valid. In traditional Japanese culture, a geisha’s role was to entertain men. Contrary to popular belief, they were not prostitutes or concubines.

Their craft prohibited them from engaging in sex with the customers. But doesn’t mean they weren’t meant to be sexual.

Perry went all out to create the illusion of a Japanese entertainer down to an elaborate set, Shinto shrine and taiko drummers.

Katy Perry Channels a Sexy Geisha at AMAs
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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She wore a full kimono and wore the traditional face paint. The Shinto shrine may have been a little over the top for religious reasons.

One thing is certain, Perry was psyched about the show. “A clue to the theme of my AMA performance this evening!” she wrote with a photo of a microphone adorned with a delicate floral pattern.

“I will be OPENING the show & take you on a trip!!!” she added.

For the record, the criticism seems far fetched. Perry’s act was in keeping with the geisha tradition.

Selena Gomez came under similar fire for using Hindu themes in one of her stage acts. But the protests involved her use of religious symbols, not merely the fact that she was dressed in flowing robes typically worn in India.

Check out Katy’s photos and a video of her number below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest music news.


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