Reaaaaaally? Pop diva Katy Perry dressed as a Japanese geisha for her performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards tonight. The theatrical event included high-flying back-up dancers and lavish scenes from the Orient. We’re just relieved she kept all her clothes on and refrained from twerking.

But it appears the grievance-mongers want to make a thing out of her adopting Eastern costumery. P.C. police, hear them roar:

Thank goodness, there are still some viewers out there who haven’t been afflicted fatally by the P.C. virus.

Here’s the video:

P.C. never rests.

  • Brad Donald

    Apparently wearing the clothing from another culture is now racist. We should tell all the Asians that they cant wear T Shirts, jeans, and baseball caps as its racist for them too do so, they can only dress in their own historical clothing forever. This is the logic they are running with. The big joke here is the racist is actually in suggesting that only one race of people can wear clothing or take part in their culture to the exclusion of other peoples and races.

    • adam

      Never doubt the leaps and bounds a liberal will take to try to cover their own racist past. Just the other day on a forum a liberal made a comment that because Republicans never talk about race, it shows just how racist they are.

      That kind of defeats the purpose of racism.

    • MJ Pauls

      I’ve been told that wearing hairsticks is racist since I’m white. Am I to be condemned to scrunchies forever because of my skin colour?

      • adam


        • MJ Pauls

          NOOOOOOO!!! :sobs:

      • Captain America’s Wife

        Where whatever you want in your hair. Tell them, as my Mom would say, to ‘go pound sand’. LOL.

        • MJ Pauls

          Oh, I do. I have custom Doctor Who, Firefly/Serenity, and LotR sticks, in addition to Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks that I use in my hair. Gotta get my geek on. 😀

          • Captain America’s Wife

            I LOVE it!!! Geek on, girl! LOL.

        • MJ Pauls
          • Meech204

            Who needs a carry permit when you have those as weapons! I need some of those!!!

          • Markward


          • Tigerspike

            Is the Dr. Who set a TARDIS and a Dalek? That’s awesome!

          • MJ Pauls

            Yep! They’re cell phone charms that Nightblooming on Etsy put on sticks for me. The One Ring and Firefly set were also customs by her. :)

      • Wing_attack_Plan_R

        am i racist for eating with chopsticks? am i racist for eating Chinese food? or Mexican?

        • Zach Smith

          Not sure. But I am fairly certain you should not eat Mexican (food) with chopsticks.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Refried beans, especially.

    • disqus_BdOLC1pcNm

      Jeans might’ve been invented in the US but remember: the US is a melting pot which means no specific culture owns it. There is a difference between wearing clothing from another culture and using it as a costume. Africans get donated clothing from the US so of course they’ll be running around wearing tees and jeans cause that’s all they own. But it’d be different if they wore that clothing as a stage costume. Imagine a foreign performer wearing cowboy clothes with a giant American flag and all the backup dancers eating hot dogs and hamburgers. She might not mean any harm but she IS stereotyping and using culture as a frilly decoration, not something to be admired.

      • 0bamasnought

        Don’t you dare give Psy any more ideas!

        • Paladin


      • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


    • Hawk Leah

      People re saying these because “Japan” & “Unconditionally”,which pointed to WWII, and this doesn’t respect to Japanese people.

  • Brother bob

    Only the liberal twits are the one uses the race card.especially the white freaks

    • Diane Stephan

      I’ve noticed that, it’s always the white liberals that cry racism to beat the offended group to the punch.

  • Tim Chambers

    This is the so sad. Its okay for certain races to do what ever they want to others and it is excepted. This is getting so out of hand no civil liberty justice for all as MLK marched for. He did not march to put one race over the other. Are we that weak as a society to let things bother us that has nothing to do with the current generation.

  • Blake Waymire

    This actually kind of fits for once since geisha are entertainers, and one of their primary forms of entertainment is through music.

    • Michelle

      Yes, and the other forms are conversation, literature, writing, calligraphy, and culture. They’re not just entertainers. They are masters in art, who train from a very very young age to do what they do. And not to mention they are strictly PRIVATE entertainers who are notorious for keeping their lives, thoughts, and actions away from the public eye. A geisha would not be performing in public, and certainly not about unconditional love, which is forbidden in the geisha community.

      • Sharla Laurin

        geishas were prostitutes and mistresses. skilled in arts also.

  • Gee Willikers

    someone’s always stirring the pot

    • JD

      More likely smoking it

  • JD

    So, I guess that means using chopsticks at a Chinese restaurant would be racist, too?

    • skypilot77

      Ordering Chines take out is probably racist

    • Michelle ✓classified

      and don’t even think about going for sushi.

    • Michelle

      Using chopsticks is not racist.
      Saying an ancient Japanese tea pot specifically for tea ceremonies is nothing but some old tea pot is.

  • matchalatte

    Racist? Seriously? If anything was offensive in that performance, it was her singing.

    • Richard Jefferies

      Now that I agree with.

  • CasualMeyhem

    Why should politicians be the only ones to play the racist game? It’s for everyone!

  • John Alvarado

    Thanks to these losers, Racism and racist will probably be changed in dictionary. Thank you!

  • HanaFiveO

    Gosh I hate stupid people. Apparently, none of these idiots know anything about Japanese geishas. The song and the set complemented each other.
    Gaga can evoke images of slavery and lawn jockeys and only a few recognize the racist undertones.

    Yet Cyrus can dry hump and foam finger herself until the cows come home and they say, meh.

    Racist has no meaning any more.

  • TheBleachedKitty .

    It’s pretty racist. And anyone who say’s ‘inspired’ is clearly clueless when it comes to eastern culture. What she’s done isn’t dressing in Japanese wear, or Chinese for that matter; it’s a butchery of the two cultures, mashing them together like a Frankenstein-esque monstor.
    That outfit? Japanese kimono with a traditional Chinese collar.
    Her dancers? Chinese fans and Japanese hair pieces.
    And that’s only the tip of the iceburg.
    It’s not racist to mimic a cultural identity, but it is to mash multiple Eastern cultures, and call it “Asian.”
    It’s racist to deface the cultural and national integrity of anyone.

    • Richard Jefferies

      Yes, because the Japanese are a single minded cultural homogeneity, right? Did she ever call it “Asian”? And no, it isn’t racist, by the dictionary definition of the word, so please stop trying to assign something more sinister than it merely offends your sense of aesthetics. Even if she was mocking geisha, so what? Is parody racism now? (that’s rhetorical). What about high class hookers to the moneyed elite merits reverence?

    • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

      I’m Asian, I’m not as bothered by it as you are, but you did bring up some good points. There’s definitely a bias against Asians in the entertainment industry.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    I vote that the word “racist” has officially lost all meaning. Nowadays it’s just a synonym for “I’m being butthurt at a white person”.

  • Wing_attack_Plan_R

    Kirsten Dunst is much better …

    • roccolore

      Ever seen the original version?

      • Ken Alan Draper

        I’ve never seen the video for the original, but I do have the original on CD. the original was performed by the vapors.

      • Wing_attack_Plan_R

        yes but i love her cover of the song better.

  • Maxwell

    I’ll ask my Japanese friends if this was racist, but I’m willing to bet good money they probably thought it was pretty cool…. until I tell them it was Katy Perry performing it.

    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Daijobou desu na
      minasan chooooooooo baka dayo

  • disqus_BdOLC1pcNm

    I love how it’s all white girls (or weeaboos) who are defending Katy. Birds of a feather…

  • gregl311

    Loved the song. Love Katy Perry. She looked gorgeous tonight.

  • RumDoooogie

    well under these rules I would be racist if I wore anything other than a pa’u skirt and a lei…smh.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Well, there goes the whole sarong and “I-am-Tondelayo” image of Pacific Island women…(even though, in the movie, Tondelayo is actually a Middle Eastern slave in Africa– so go figure…)


    Dear lord, I didn’t think these PC idiots could get any dumber.

    Isn’t appreciating another race’s culture (food, fashion, etc) inherently showing you like them, therefore disproving racism? I’m literally annoyed I had to create an explanation. RACISM means DISLIKING, or looking down on another race, purely based on the fact that they are a different race from your own.

    I fucking hate liberals.

  • Right

    My sister is a Liberal. Actually thinks the word “Mexican” is racist.

  • Richard Jefferies

    The most overused word in the lexicon is trotted again in wholly wrongheaded fashion. I can’t stand Katy Perry, but I love to watch knee-jerk lefties hip fire their favorite buzz word onto their twitter feeds so they can say they were first on the bandwagon. Racism implies that said person feels their race is superior to all other races. Bigot is someone who is intolerant of any differing creed. Katy Perry is neither, but plenty of her accusers certainly are.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    That was actually a darn beautiful performance. Loved every moment of it.

    Ignorant folk think it’s racist. Well, consider the source.

    • grais

      Being an old fart, I had no interest in watching it. Did her performance highlight caucasian superiority or Asian inferiority? Did it mock Asian culture?
      If not, then once again, we’re seeing knee-jerk reactions from dime-a-dozen ignoramuses.
      What a bore.

  • DwellsInFire

    New Liberal Quote: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery racism.”

  • matchalatte

    Just read some Japanese tweets about the performance, not one mentioned
    it was racist. In fact, they found it very kawaii (cute). The only thing
    I saw questioned was her dress, which was basically a “china dress” or cheongsam, with long kimono sleeves sewed on.

  • John Smith

    Everything and everyone is racist. The world according to libtards.

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Every single person out there who cries “racism” at every turn, I want to beat them on the head with a dictionary.

  • Markward

    Needs more ninjas.

  • Guest

    You’re ALL racists. Now you’re even. And odd…very odd.
    OK crazy, but even, and racist.
    I need a drink.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    I’m half-Asian, it didn’t bother me racially. Her vocal performance was just awful. Love the visuals, though.

    • Zach Smith

      What did your other half think?

  • Kevin Le

    I think this article is very biased. The most racist part of her performance is the association of “unconditional” love and East Asian culture. We all know stories like Madame Butterfly and Miss Saigon where the Asian woman is submissive and waits for her white husband to return to please him. And although Perrys performance doesn’t seem like a big deal, it is because it reinforces this stereotype. Although Perry does not intentionally aim to put down Eastern Asian cultures I hate to see that this stereotype still circulates.
    My Asian mom is more than what the media represents her as. She works hard just like any other strong working mother and her life goals dont include her devoting her life to please a man. I’d just wish the media would represent more of this side of her.


    Have we gone a full 24 hours in the internet age without a “that’s racist” controversy?

    • NRPax

      hbk, that is something worth hoping for. I have a feeling that even in the 14.4 modem days, “that’s racist” was being thrown out.

      • 0bamasnought

        I miss the 2400 baud era.

        I received a lot of attention being an 19-year-old swimsuit model.

  • Hi This Is My Username

    The truth is… those that are upset over this, are closet racists trying to pin their problems on someone else.

  • Diane Stephan

    Um, this is racist.

  • KayGee

    A “Geisha” is a professional female hostess, not a type of dress. Geisha’s wear elaborate “Kimonos”. The word Twitchy is looking for to describe Katy Perry’s approximate style of outfit is “Kimono”, not “Geisha”.

  • Marcy Cook

    I’m beginning to think all these racist screamers don’t actually know what the word means.

  • $29561723

    someone tell me how this is racist, yet wearing plastic green bowlers, getting sh|tfaced, and puking all over a “Kiss me, I’m Irish” shirt on St. Patrick’s Day is NOT?
    Katy Perry is a liberal airhead, but these PC Stormtroopers need to be beaten with a sock full of quarters.

    • unknown

      Or celebrating Cinco de Mayo just so you can drink but you’re not Mexican isn’t racist either.

  • Patsy Vickers Blackner

    Whatever happened to America the Melting Pot????? That means everything is thrown in and becomes available to all. If not, let’s send all these “non-Americans” back to wherever and only those who want to speak American, and look American will be allowed to stay. You cannot blend in you must ignore all your customs and accept only “our American” customs. Stupid by any name (rascist???) is still stupid. Get a life or better yet get on with a life! Please understand this is written very tongue in cheek except for the last sentence. I truly mean that.

    • unknown

      The “melting pot” concept vanished when people called themselves by their ethnicity/race/place-of-origin/whatever first then added American at at the end.

      • Patsy Vickers Blackner

        Unfortunately that is sad and true. I always thought that immigrants brought the best of their cultures here to America to share and make America better. That is why I always go to Oktoberfest at Snow Bird, Swiss Days in Heber, Greek Festival in SLC. I guess I am a rascist. I better not participate in these festivals anymore. I wouldn’t want to offend anyone!

      • AZWarrior

        We “Euro-Americans” resent that! /joke

  • Marvin Nelson

    What isn’t racist to these morons? Probably all voted for the Anointed One. I don’t know anyone who wasted an evening watching that self-serving crap. I’d rather watch someone pull out my fingernails.

  • marion vega

    these jokers don’t know what racism is then. i don’t like her but it wasn’t racist

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Crap..I gotta throw all my yukatas away now. My mother in law is gonna hari-kari me.

  • Thurston S

    First, it IS kinda racist because it is not a respectful portrayal. It is a caricature … a mixture of Japanese imagery, Chinese dress, and even a bit of Thai style dance. That’s indicative of fetishism. She claims an appreciation of the culture. Which culture would that be? Some mythical pan-Asian culture? Imagine a German beer maiden serving French wine on an English tea set. Maybe it makes sense to someone who eats sushi and dimsum at restaurants in LA’s koreatown.

    Second, though, how ironic that the twitchy crowd would come to her defense. She would be the first to throw the race card out at any known conservative who so much as made an off handed reference, whether verbal or visual, to another culture.

  • bmokit

    I didn’t think her performance was racist at all. And trust me, I am sick of asian people being portrayed with one or more of the following traits : yellow skin tone, slanty/small eyes, socially inept, “nerdy” or extremely smart, an accent, a high shrilly tone of voice, etc. I don’t think she did anything that integrated asian stereotypes into her performance. So she wants to wear the clothing of another culture, so what. I actually thought the dress looked rather nice and the whole performance was quite tasteful.

  • RedSoloCup

    Jesse Jackass approved!

  • toddm123

    I’ve never seen a kimono filled out so well. She’s still a hack singer, but what the hey.

  • AZWarrior

    Katy Perry isn’t racist, but Cosmo is.