Although the stage aesthetics and colorful attire were quite beautiful, Perry is being called racist for sexualizing a traditional Japanese female figure, who is paid to serve as a hostess and excels in the art of entertainment, reports The Huffington Post.
The opening act included cherry blossoms, a Shinto shrine and taiko drummers. Perry appeared on stage draped in a kimono along with several dozen dancers wearing the cultural garb. Shortly after her performance ended, though, the critics began sounding off.
Katy Perry offered a visual feast for viewers at the top of Sunday night’s American Music Awards.
Perry wore a traditional Japanese dress during her show-starting performance of “Unconditionally” as scores of colorfully clad dancers waved fans, danced in front of rice-paper screens and played the drums.
She said before the show she wanted to up her game, given the chance to open, and the whirling stage production was a wash of colors and movements before Perry disappeared in a puff of smoke.