People Are Calling Katy Perry Out For Cultural Appropriation Again Because Of Her Dance Moves

Is her dancing racially insensitive, or just bad?

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Katy Perry is out and about promoting her latest album, with a new edgy hairdo and a sound to match.

With songs like 'Chained to the Rhythm', 'Bon Appetit' and 'Swish, Swish', the 34-year-old pop star has been performing live at the Met Gala and the Grammys.

Most recently, Perry took her latest hit, 'Bon Appetit' (rumoured to be about her pop nemesis Taylor Swift) on Saturday Night Live.

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Her performance of the song, which features the rap group Migos, has garnered a lot of attention pertaining to her questionable dancing skills.

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However, whilst some saw simply an instance of straigh-forward mum dancing, others pointed out the racial elements, suggesting she was somehow imitating blackness in her dance moves and attitude.

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Some people went as far as to claim this was part of a larger instance of cultural appropriation from Perry.

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This isn't the first time accusations of cultural appropriation have been slung at Perry. She has come under scrutiny for opening the American Music Awards in full Geisha regalia and Amandla Stenberg famously called out Perry for her kiss-curls, watermelon and more from a music video.

Miley Cyrus came under similar critique after she popularised 'twerking' in her live performances and music videos for 'We Can't Stop' and subsequent singles, as well as using black culture, in particular black women, as props.

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News outlets such as the Huffington Post have written length articles dissecting the star's foray into 'black culture', stating:

'Is there anything more simultaneously sad, embarrassing, offensive and deeply fascinating than the image of Katy Perry attempting to milly rock? No. No, there isn't. '

Katy's strong and loyal fanbase are quick to point out Perry's sweet nature and undeniable political input. Perry was very active in supporting Hillary Clinton in her fight against Donald Trump for presidency.

Likewise, Perry spoke out after her earlier controversy to Rolling Stone magazine insisting she is appreciating culture, not appropriating it.

She told them:

'I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it...I know that's a quote that's gonna come to fuck me in the ass, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know.'

Perry does most certainly play with her style, she has gone full country girl and even dressed like a flame, but where is the line when it comes to cultural inspiration and creative dressing?

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