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Katy Perry on Accusations of Cultural Insensitivity: 'I Guess I'll Just Stick to Baseball & Hot Dogs'

Katy Perry on Accusations of Cultural Insensitivity: 'I Guess I'll Just Stick to Baseball & Hot Dogs'

Katy Perry shows off her green hair on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands this Friday.

Here’s what the 29-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On being accused of cultural insensitivity over the years: “As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people. I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it. I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to f*ck me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know.”

On having a baby one day: “I want to be doing that in the right time. And that’s not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it’s in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don’t really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over. I don’t need a dude. I mean, Neil and David, their twins are beautiful. It’s 2014! We are living in the future; we don’t need anything. I don’t think I’ll have to, but we’ll see. I’m not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn’t present himself.”

On not being obsessed with her fans: “I’m not, like, a crazy ‘I’m gonna die for my fans’ type. Some people are so dramatic about it, and you’re like, ‘Honestly, you’re not the Second Coming. You’re just an entertainer!’… I’m very grateful for fans’ support, but I’m not thirsty or desperate.”

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  • Lol

    Was she throwing shade at kim kardaishan??!! LOL

  • Chick Please

    Yes, Katy, you should, like totally, like stay in your like lane.

  • lulz

    @Lol: i think she was definitely throwing shade st gaga with the fanbase comment, its so obvious LOLOL. this woman doesn’t even know how to mature her own image or sound cause the fanbase shes started with are getting older, time isnt gonna stop them from getting older but katy is still using the same kiddie shtick shes been doing her whole career. she needs to think of a new strategy if she wants to stay in the business for the next 5 years before she has a kid cause the kiddie image and kiddie songs are getting TEDIOUS.

    @Chick Please: hahaha good one

  • Jay

    I like katy perry enough. But I’m just aware that she has had zero effect on pop culture. Other artist’s haven’t necessarily made a huge impact but they’ll get a footnote. But Katy doesn’t really represent anything, or commit. She’s successful in the sense that she sells a lot and is marketable but all the other leading ladies seem to have an angle or a message she lacks.

  • Dude

    Lulz: Get over it! There’s nothing there between her and Lady Gaga.

  • dd

    I like that she make no apologies for what she does. Refreshing honesty. She is true to herself and that is admirable. Love her.

  • Aisaiko5

    Yes stay in your lane. Can’t stand her fake a$$ (pun intended).

  • Natalia

    Geebus Horatio Christ, she is dumber than I thought. Who said you don’t learn anything by surfing the net? Never knew have a big butt was strictly an African-American thing, thanks Katy!Q

  • swiftie

    Magazines are for idiots who find books too challenging.

  • Jen

    “Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies.” Is she trying to say African American people are plastic, or is she trying to say that people will be plastic and change their appearance to fit in with another culture or type of person? Also why would she say African-American in the first place? Not all black people originate from Africa just as not all white people originate from one place either. Why would you give a quote for a cover story on Billboard about being accused of cultural insensitivity only to be cultural insensitive in your comment? Her whole quote will most definitely come back to F her and she should ‘stay in her lane’ and not comment about something if she’s not going to be clear about it …or sound intelligent.

  • Jen

    @Natalia: I KNOW. She’s so ignorant. She might be talented in music and a pretty girl, but every time I read a quote from her or see her talking on a television talk show, she always gives me Jessica Simpson “chicken or tuna” vibes.

  • Jen

    cover story on Rolling Stone*

  • um no

    @Jen: theres a difference between marketable and talented. she is marketable, NOT talented.

  • Wow

    Kim Kardashian is not black, but she’s not a white girl either. She’s Armenian. Kim may have gotten work done, but typically, Armenian women are curvy with prominent eyes and lips, long black hair, and various skin tones from light to a tan like Kim’s. She may have gotten her butt and breasts enhanced, but that doesn’t mean she was born a stick figure. There are also black women who get the same assets enhanced. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and while I’m not trying to defend Kim (I don’t care for her at all actually), Katy shouldn’t give some false illusion that if you’re not a black women then if you get plastic surgery you must want to look like a black woman. Katy should be promoting that girls should love themselves as they naturally are instead of pointing fingers that girls who get plastic surgery are trying to be of another “culture”. Not for nothing, Kim and Coco look like ‘video girls’ (if you catch my drift)…I don’t associate them with trying to look like black women, I associate them with trying to look trampy, but I guess that’s how Katy sees “African Americans”.

  • Jen

    @um no: I heard some of her older songs before she did Kissed a Girl and she can sing pretty well without all the audio tweaks… and I know she plays guitar. I can’t play guitar so she’s already got more talent in that field than me. But, all the talent in the world means nothing if you have nothing going on upstairs…you know?

  • Daw Johnson



    Katy Perry is saying that she was making fun of two people who AREN’T black – therefore, this wasn’t some sort of mockery of black women and their big butts.

  • Jen

    @Daw Johnson: I think you missed my point and what Katy was implying. ‘I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic…’ She alluded Kim and Coco to getting plastic surgery to look African-American because they’re not African-American. These are two women who have gotten surgery to enhance their butts to being very large, which Katy implies the meaning that African American are the women with enormous butts. Yes, it was a mockery….it’s like saying ‘look at those two white girls who got their butts made huge so they can look black’. Why can’t they just have gotten their butts huge? Why does it have to have anything to do with being black? Why else bring up African American’s at all when trying to talk about non-black girls getting plastic surgery? My annoyance with her comments is that she used “trying to look black” as a comparison for two women who are not black but have gotten plastic surgery AND she classified black people as African-American when, in fact, all black people are NOT African-American. She said African-American as ‘a proper way’ of saying both women aren’t black as if she was afraid to simply say “Those girls aren’t black”. It’s like saying every Latina is Mexican. It’s a ignorant classification.

  • Lola

    If I understand correctly, she was accused of alleged cultural insensitivity because she dressed like a geisha and has mummies with big behinds and big breasts dancing on her show?! right!? Did a Bing search and found what I think are the pics and I don’t find anything offensive about any of it. I guess the Pharaohs wrote a letter from the after life to complain… sometimes people just get to “pc” without reason and true cause and we need to also own up to this.

    If she had just stopped the quote with “as far as the mummies thing I based in on plastic surgery,” she probably would not be commented today. And then I have to ask, where are these people’s publicist?!?!? The next part of the phrase could have been structures differently. I don’t think she said anything negative or against African Americans, she did a bad analogy of what is socially accepted across different ethnic backgrounds in my book as what is considered beauty and how people want to obtain it vis a vis that cultural appropriation is, in her opinion and others, increasingly uncool. Why can’t we just get along people!

    Imho, the musicians now a days are not necessarily well read people and knowledgeable in general, (some become total d/icks when fame hits) …. yes you do have your exceptions, but you factor that, plus apparently not having good PR Team and this article is what you get.

  • Lola

    My bad, not that she thinks cultural appropriation is uncool, but that some people think it is.

    She need a better publicist.

  • Jen

    @Lola: I completely agree with most of what you said. If she had a proper publicist, maybe her point could have been made without sounding as ignorant as she did. But, again, I must be clear…saying “African Americans” is not a way to describe the race of black people as they originate from all over the world. African American is a nationality, not a race, but people use the nationality as an incorrect way to refer to black people. That was one of the uncool things I found about her speech, but yes, generalizing big butts with black people was another major mistake on her part.

  • Lola

    I understand what you are writing.

    But you have to keep in mind that what you wrote: “African American is a nationality, not a race, but people use the nationality as an incorrect way to refer to black people,” is not commonly known by her or others.

    Now, I could even argue that there is no such thing as an African American as a nationality, because to this day I have not seen a passport of a person that is black and from the USA (born and raised) that says this is the passport of an African American. Or, this is the passport of a person who’s ancestry came from Africa. It just says USA Passport. The passport, at least mine, does not say I am a latina woman, it just states my date of birth and gender.

    You could look up an interview by Whoopi Goldberg that came out ages ago. She says (can’t remember the exact comment) that she is an America, because she has been to Africa and she recognizes that she is an American.

    And I can even argue with that America is the whole continent (North, Central, South America), not just the US, the complete name of the US is the Unites States of America, as Mejico is “Estados Unidos Mejicanos”

    K.P …. She need better PR and to think before she speaks.

    Take care

  • Jen

    @Lola: EXACTLY. That was the point I was trying to make. Black people come from all over the world. I myself am a black woman and I have no African in my ancestry…but even if I did, I’m an American who is black. I’m not African American. I think more people should be educated in that fact, and then maybe they won’t say uneducated things like Katy did. Take care as well.

  • agaun

    I like how she just said Kim Kardashian is a plastic surgery freak lol

  • theiuei

    a child needs a mom and a dad

  • YousicWorld

    Very interesting comments. More thoughts about it in this article. Do you agree with what Katy said?