2019 American Music Awards

Katy Perry Apologizes For Her Past Cultural Appropriation During Livestream

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Katy Perry attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, Calif.

Katy Perry is in the midst of a very strange album launch, and to promote her new album Witness, she’s been living in a Big Brother-style house and livestreaming her entire weekend in partnership with YouTube. So far, she’s reunited with Left Sharktalked to Arianna Huffingtoncooked with Gordon Ramsaydone yoga with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and sobbed in a very public therapy session with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh.

One of her guests was Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who sat down with Katy for an episode of his Pod Save The People podcast. Like a number of other pop stars, Perry has often been accused of cultural appropriation at times, and in conversation with Mckesson, she addresses some of her past controversies, including the time she wore cornrows and ate watermelon in her “This Is How We Do” video and the time she wore a geisha outfit to the American Music Awards.

“I’ve made several mistakes,” she told Mckesson. "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.”

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This article originally appeared on Stereogum.



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