Was Katy Perry’s performance at the AMA’s racist

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Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards on Sunday night dressed as a geisha while belting out her latest single “Unconditionally.”

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.

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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.

But not all AMA viewers appreciated Perry’s efforts. Only moments after her performance began, some took to Twitter, charging that the pop star’s stage costume was racist. 

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