Katy Perry Acknowledges Her Cultural Appropriation

Katy Perry is in the midst of a very strange album launch, and to promote her new album Witness, she’s been living in a Big Brother-style house and livestreaming her entire weekend in partnership with YouTube. So far, she’s reunited with Left Shark, talked to Arianna Huffington, cooked with Gordon Ramsay, done yoga with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and sobbed in a very public therapy session with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh. Her latest guest was Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who sat down with Katy for an episode of his Pod Save The People podcast. Like many pop stars, Perry has often been accused of cultural appropriation, and in conversation with Mckesson, she addresses some of her past controversies, including the time she wore cornrows and ate watermelon in her “This Is How We Do” video and the time she wore a geisha outfit to the American Music Awards. “I’ve made several mistakes,” she says. I won’t ever understand some of those things because of who I am. I will never understand, but I can educate myself and that’s what I’m trying to do along the way.” Watch below.

Of course, not everyone is satisfied with that:

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