Katy Perry's AMA performance deemed racist

Katy Perry wanted to take her fans on a journey during her American Music Awards performance, but some thought her act was flat out racist.
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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Katy Perry dressed up as a geisha for her rendition of Unconditionally during the American Music Awards and some of the viewers thought her act was slightly racist.

The 29-year-old singer is being accused of "appropriating Asian culture" for her Sunday night performance in which she donned a pink kimono accompanied by heavy eye make up and traditional dance.

"Katy Perry just started the #AMAs w/ offensive cultural appropriation, yellow face, and flying geishas. What the flying Asian f***?? #racist" tweeted user @katiekraze.

"Lol way to play the racist card Katy Perry," @ascendescend wrote.

Perry warned fans that she would be "taking them on a trip" in a tweet she wrote before the performance. And for some AMA watchers her performance was perfectly harmless.

"Katy Perry wears vaguely oriental/Japanese style clothes. Gets called racist. The world has gone mad," @strebby1wrote on Twitter.

Perhaps the controversy is tied to a comment she made during Jimmy Kimmel Live in June while speaking about Japanese culture.

"I’m so obsessed with you," she said. "I want to skin you and wear you like Versace!"

You can check out Perry's performance below.

[Mirror] [American Music Awards]

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