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Katy Perry Apologizes for Past Cultural Appropriation

Katy Perry Apologizes for Past Cultural Appropriation

Katy Perry has owned up to cultural appropriation in the past and she has apologized to anyone she offended.

The 32-year-old singer opened up in an interview with Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson during her Witness World Wide live stream in partnership with YouTube this weekend.

After Katy was criticized for wearing her hair in conrows in the “This Is How We Do” video. She had a conversation with her friend Cleo Wade and asked, “Why can’t I wear my hair that way?”

“And she told me about the power in black women’s hair, and how beautiful it is, and the struggle,” Katy said. “I listened. And I heard. And I didn’t know. And 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.”

Katy also talked about dressing as a geisha for her performance of “Unconditionally” at the 2013 American Music Awards.

“Even in my intention to appreciate Japanese culture, I did it wrong with a performance, and I didn’t know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying I did it wrong,” she said. “Sometimes that’s what it takes, is it takes someone to say — out of compassion, out of love — ‘This is where the origin is, do you understand?’ And not just like, a clapback. Because it’s hard to hear those clapbacks sometimes. And your ego just wants to turn from them. I’ve been so grateful to have great teachers and great friends who will really hold me accountable, even when I said I wasn’t a feminist because I didn’t know what that word meant.”

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  • Curt Noydb

    Elvis has left the building and Katy Perry has left the planet. For her own safety she should probably be hospitalized.

  • Pat Cake

    She’s really desperate to sell that new album isn’t she?

  • Casey C

    whoever the hell thought this was a good idea in her camp to promote the album like this, or rather LET her do it, is a moron. the reek of desperate on this woman is overpowering

  • Anna Nguyen

    nothing wrong with wearing cornrows, people are too sensitive and its a free country

  • quartzoup

    Actually you’ve got it ass backwards. The question is; why do white people DESIRE to wear corn rows? Why choose this tiny piece of the culture and ignore the rest? Attempt to answer that, then you’ll see how complex the issue is. Your naivety is not cute.

  • Anna Nguyen

    its called a free country, its not illegal so who cares

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  • suzybel

    Every time Katy opens her mouth she puts her foot in it. Katy just shut up already!