Katy Perry Finally Acknowledges Her Cultural Appropriation and the Internet Is Divided

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Katy Perry performs onstage at the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Katy Perry Finally Acknowledges Her Cultural Appropriation and the Internet Is Divided

Did she miss the mark?

Published June 13, 2017

As frustratingly repeated on a regular basis to several White musicians and artists, Black culture is not up for sale or revamping — musically or otherwise.

Enter pop songstress Katy Perry, just one of many celebrities with a mailbox full of cultural appropriation memos, who recently decided to pull out her cornrows and untie her kimono for an open conversation on racism and white privilege. Her name hasn’t been on the fondest side of Black Twitter lately, especially after perplexing commentary on her new haircut with regard to President Barack Obama and an even more puzzling performance with the Culture rap trio Migos.

Conducted with acclaimed Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, Perry’s discussion aired during her Witness World Wide live stream on Saturday (June 10). And while some of the internet has saluted her initiative to address her problematic cultural appropriation, others still aren't buying it. 

  1. In one clip from the hour-long interview, Perry admits that it took some eye-opening on her behalf to understand the cultural appropriation rift
  2. McKesson also made sure to bring some context to the candid conversation as well
  3. The conversation was approved by some users as a good start for the 'Dark Horse' singer to hold accountability for her slip-ups
  4. But, apparently, not for others...

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)


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