Katy Perry Accused Of Racism After Featuring Big-Butt Mummies In Performance
Katy Perry is under fire again after images from one of her stage sets from the Prismatic World Tour leaked to the Internet. During the set, the controversial singer dances on stage with a group of women dressed as buxom mummies with large backsides, big breast, full lips and black bobs. Many have taken offense to the set, stating that it promotes stereotypes and objectifies the black female body. And of course, folks wasted no time in taking to Twitter to blast the 29-year-old singer over the stereotypical images used in the performance.
Just saw the pictures of Katy Perry and the mummies…uh…this is not okay. And white feminists, we need to be active in saying so.
— Abby Norman (@AccidentalDevo) June 10, 2014
It isn’t okay to take stereotypes of ANY body and use them as props. This seems like basic dignity to me. — Abby Norman (@AccidentalDevo) June 10, 2014
Aha, so Katy Perry continues to be a racist piece of appropriative, talentless garbage. Why are people still giving her money?
— Bailey (@the_author_) June 10, 2014
WHITE ENTERTAINERS: Quit trying to stay relevant by debasing black bodies. You ain’t cool. Miley, Katy Perry, etc. You are ill-informed. — ProfB (@AntheaButler) June 10, 2014
Others argue that the mummies weren’t offensive and that they simply went along with the performance’s ancient Egyptian theme.
ALSO, when are mummies appropriation. Y’ALL be turnt to the dance crews re-doing THRILLER with a costume, But cause it’s @katyperry…
— Aaron Lopez (@A2RONLOPEZ) June 10, 2014
This of course, isn’t the first time one of Katy’s performances has left folks with a sour taste in their mouths. At the American Music Awards, the singer was pegged as racially insensitive after she appeared on stage dressed as a Japanese Geisha. Katy however, defended the performance.
“All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it,” she told GQ back in February.
What are your thoughts on this?