Q. [This fall] the US government was shut down because the House couldn’t pass the necessary appropriation bill and now it seems to me the whole political system of the United States is blocked because of a small group of libertarian/tea party/conservative representatives (to be honest I’m still…
“If you don’t think Katy Perry was racist—let me ask you, what if she had performed in blackface? Perhaps a costume isn’t the same as changing skin color to you, but it is agonizingly close for me—I remember Mickey Rooney in buckteeth for his role as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Jonathan Pryce in Yellowface in Miss Saigon; Gwen Stefani in her Harajuku phase. Every Halloween brings up the same issues. As I pointed out in my article, this kind of “costume” is a way of acting out a power relationship. “Whites have historically held power. Therefore Katy Perry has the right to use Japanese culture.” Racism is defined as prejudice plus power—I think Katy Perry’s performance meets the criteria for a racist performance. (An article by Jeff Yang linked below points out that her song, Unconditional, itself fits into the stereotype of the submissive, man pleasing Asian woman - the fantasized “geisha”.)”—Katy Perry Performs in Racist Geisha Costume at the AMA’s - COLORLINES (via complexitii)
Bullshit. Exercising white power… we are not in a nazis or totalitarian state. Simply dressing up does not necessarily play a race card and neither does recognizing the styles or traditions of another culture. Theres a difference when comparedd to blackface and buck teeth where we also emphasized ignorant stereo types within the same program. You should be able to do anything you want if it doesn’t rob the freedoms of others that is what our country is about. But these snipes amount to little more then the same liberalism and censorship remeniscent of the beginnings of nazis germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union.
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