Tears Dry On Their Own (Raw version) - Amy Winehouse from Rarities
Do What U Want (Solo) - Lady Gaga
I just saw your Katy Perry post and i was thinking a little bit about it and I don't think personally that Perry was trying to offend anyone its just how her backup dancers were perceived. She's young we all do stupid things when were young! from slutdad
Hi there, I’m glad you’re thinking about my Perry-blackface-dancers post, but I think you need to dig deeper. The truth is, whether or not Perry was trying to offend anyone, she still dressed her dancers in outfits that greatly resemble racist stereotypes of black women’s bodies and directed them to dance in hypersexual ways that reference racist stereotypes of black women’s culture (twerking and “pat their weaves” while groping themselves and each other).
As an artist, Perry’s intentions are not the last word on her work. When she puts a performance out into the world, her audiences perception of the work takes over and becomes part of the work as well. And in this case, the perception that this performance is racist is based on a long cultural history of white women and men mocking the “big titties and big booties” of “ghetto black hos.” That’s not a perception you can just wave away, you see. I recommend you click through that link and give it a read, and check out this previous ask for more on titties/booties in modern blackface.
As for the age of Perry, she’s a grown-ass 29-year-old woman and this performance was like a month ago and is a fixture of her current Prismatic tour. You know she’s being stupid, you said so yourself … at what age do you think she should be held responsible for perpetuating damaging racist stereotypes for her own personal gain?