Witness Katy Perry Finally Address Her Cultural Appropriation

Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s bizarre and oddly relaxing weekend livestream to promo her new album Witness set aside the live therapy sessions and Jesse Tyler Ferguson yoga for a talk that was long overdue. Situated in the coziest room of all time, Katy sat down with Black Lives Matter activist and apparent rainbow sock enthusiast DeRay Mckesson to talk about cultural appropriation, learning from her mistakes, and the friend who showed her Webster’s Dictionary definition of a feminist (it means equality).

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The talk was held as part of Mckesson’s podcast Pod Save the People and, although the clip released is only two minutes of an hour-long conversation, it’s a lot to unpack. In the video, Perry reflects back on the cornrow-and-watermelon video for “This Is How We Do,” the geisha performance at the American Music Awards, and the friends (or “empowered angels”) that set her straight.

“I listened and I heard and I didn't know," she explained. "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." While we wait for the full interview to drop on Twitter, check out the controversial clip below. 

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