"Was Katy Perry's AMAs performance racist?" read the headline on Comsopolitan.com, following Perry's American Music Awards appearance on Sunday night. The 29-year-old singer performed her new single "Unconditionally" on the awards show while dressed in what Billboard.com described as "geisha-inspired clothing." The outfit and stage design prompted Vulture's Jesse David Fox to compare Perry's presentation to Miley Cyrus' oft-criticized MTV Video Music Awards spectacle from back in August. There were also tweets, like this one:
Loved the cultural authenticity of Katy Perry's #AMAs performance. She nailed the traditionally ignorant costume of a white pop singer.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) November 25, 2013
And this one:
why are you dressed like a geisha katy perry. why. for what. #thisisracist like horribly obviously racist.
— Chelsea D. (@CHEL_seeyaa) November 25, 2013
But also this one:
cue "this katy perry performance is racist" tweets in 3, 2....
— Amanda Lucci (@alucci) November 25, 2013
Watch Perry's performance below.