Racist? Disrespectful? Or Just Overreacting?


While some might argue that racism is a thing of the past, others will claim that the concept is still very much alive and thriving. In the reading “Racism without Racists,” Bonilla-Silva argues that racism is still an issue in our world today even if people claim they are not racists or argue that it is no longer a problem.

This article focuses on a performance by Katy Perry at the American Music Awards back in 2013. In her performance, she is seen dressed up as a geisha while her surroundings matched the representation of Japanese culture.

Responses to Katy Perry’s performance were either labeled as racist and disrespectful or others saw the performance as fine. Even though her performance can be seen in two different lights, the overall idea that racism is still prevalent, like Bonilla-Silva’s argument, is shown.  No matter how many people might think something is not being racist, there will still be members of society who beg to differ.  While racism is not as huge of a dilemma as it once was, there are still problems that circulate around the topic which are being represented heavily in popular culture icons.

Do you think Katy Perry’s performance was rightfully labeled as racist and disrespectful when analyzing all aspects of the performance or do you believe the act was a representation of an expression of art?


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