Katy Perry Admits to Her Cultural Appropriation But Some Folks Are Still Not Happy
Katy Perry may have spent her weekend promoting her new “Witness” album with a seriously unusual live-stream, but in the process she also made some significant personal revelations. She not only attempted to finally make peace with Taylor Swift by offering an apology, but she also admitted her past mistakes around cultural appropriation. However, some folks are still not happy.
Sitting down with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson for an episode of his Pod Save the People podcast, the 32-year-old singer addressed the times when she’s been called out for cultural appropriation, such as the cornrows she wore in her “This Is How We Do” video, as well as her 2013 geisha-themed American Music Awards performance. “I’ve made several mistakes,” she said. “I won’t ever understand some of those things because of who I am. I will never understand, but I can educate myself and that’s what I’m trying to do along the way.”
I'm proud of Katy for acknowledging her mistakes with cultural appropriation. She's learning pic.twitter.com/uyHd3upmzx
— la bella vita (@drugproblem) June 11, 2017
And while many fans were thrilled that Perry was finally admitting to her mistakes, others weren’t so impressed. Frankly, there are those who feel like the singer is old enough to know better by now, not to mention the fact that this could all be perceived as one big promo move.
Your WCW has a new album to sell so she's going on an apology tour but not speaking to the WOC from whom she appropriated. She's 32. 🙃 https://t.co/tIBRDqF7hB
— April (@ReignOfApril) June 11, 2017
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