John Darnielle Thinks Katy Perry’s AMA Performance was Racist

In the recent past, we’ve seen pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen, and Justin Bieber catch heat for perceived accidental racism, and now Katy Perry is sparking controversy because of her AMA appearance last night. The singer dressed up as a geisha for her performance of “Unconditionally,” and it didn’t take long for viewers to call her out. The Mountain Goats‘ John Darnielle reacted on Twitter today, breaking down his thoughts on the matter:

  • concerned citizen

    I care about John Darnielle’s cultural nitpicking because why?

  • Bloedig

    Fantastic performance. Those screaming racism at ever turn are the guilty parties here.

  • Anonymous12346

    I think a blog post I found perfectly explains why some people do think Katy Perry’s performance was racist http://wishwantdream.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/is-blacking-up-always-racist-i-dont-think-so/

  • Anonymous12346

    I think a blog post I found perfectly explains why some people do think Katy Perry’s performance was racist http://wishwantdream.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/is-blacking-up-always-racist-i-dont-think-so/

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    How was this racist? It was Asia themed. I’m not very familiar with the geisha culture or if it is offensive to dress like that and sing. But I don’t think dressing up in a certain cultural garb is automatically racist just because you’re white. *shrugs* I don’t get it

  • Birch

    Why’d you read the article then?

  • Birch

    Why’d you read the article then?

  • Ummm

    What the hell is “Blacking up?”

  • Yeah

    You’re totally right. The Trayvon Martin thing, White actresses coloring their faces in for Halloween, White pop stars singing about burqas and wearing geisha costumes, actresses of color being photoshopped to appear lighter if they make the cover of magazines (which is rare), movies with more than one White actor being called “race-themed.” This is all in 2013. Why in the world would anyone get offended? Why would anyone call “racism?” Oh. Maybe because it actually IS. And cultural ignorance from your favorite pop star doesn’t change that.

  • Bloedig

    You want to feel racism? Try being a middle aged white guy in the USA today. People are so damned PC now a days that nothing can be done without someone pointing and saying “racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist, etc, etc, etc.” I took her performance as a tip of the hat to Japaneses culture. You go ahead and play the victim here and claim whatever you want. Have a fun and depressed (or should I say “oppressed”) life if that’s how you want to see things.

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  • penda

    dumbest comment I’ve seen in a while. Not even saying this concert is racist, but damn that was a stupid ass comment.

  • Bloedig

    Was it racist?

  • penda

    nah, just very, very stupid.

  • Bloedig

    The truth hurts some times and may seem “stupid”, but you will come to realize it’s just facts.