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Katy Perry's Stylist RESPONDS To Racial Controversy Surrounding AMAs Performance!

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Katy Perry's stylist responds to remarks about Katy\'s AMAs performance outfit being offensive!

In case you missed the AMAs over the weekend, Katy Perry and her dancers performed Unconditionally in geisha-themed costumes.

You can CLICK HERE to watch the performance, and HERE to see a still of her outfit!

While the performance was undoubtedly visually stunning, a lot of people thought the costumes were in poor taste. They were offended that KayPers seemed to be paying tribute to an antiquated Japanese tradition of, in essence, high-end prostitution.

However Johnny Wujek, the singer’s stylist, has finally spoken out about the true inspiration behind the colorful kimonos!

He claims they were solely inspired by their love of the country, saying:

"Katy and I both love Japan. The people are so kind, there's so much there visually. Just walking around [in Japan], you feel something. We wanted to try and encompass that in the performance somehow, almost a tribute."

Unfortunately, they apparently didn’t realize they were paying tribute to a dark history Japanese culture might consider shameful.

But evidently neither did the person who helped the crew assemble the costumes!

Johnny also explained how the outfits came to be:

"We had the most amazing woman helping us from this store in Pasadena, Kimono no Kobeya. She oversaw everything we were doing and made sure that it maintained all of its authenticity. My assistant, Sam, found her when she was in downtown L.A. There were two women wearing these gorgeous kimonos, and she chased after them and asked where they got them. It was this woman and her store! All of the dancers wore original geishas [dresses], and Katy's version was a little more modern. For her we took a stunning real kimono and reworked it more into a gown."

While we’re sure Miz Perry had nothing but honorable intentions with the garb, it's easy to see how her theme of choice was misconstrued.

This definitely isn't the first time something like this has happened, and we're sure it won't be the last!

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26 comments to “Katy Perry's Stylist RESPONDS To Racial Controversy Surrounding AMAs Performance!”

  1. Jessica says – reply to this


    seriously? people take everything so freaking seriously… relax. she wasn't being racist, good lord.

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    OH - whoever is the owenr of the Pasadena store apparently is NOT japanese and knows NOTHING about kimonos. The thing Katy wore IS NOT A KIMONO. A kimono does not have acollar like that and Japanese DO NOT USE that type of "frog closure" (yes, that is what they are called) AT ALL. Those types of closures are CHINESE!!!! The "hairstyle" is also not a japanese geisha style, is it CHINESE. So, fo all their "love" of Japan they are flipping clueless!!!!! IDIOTS!

  3. 3

    Re: Jessica – HAve her screw up cultrue references to YOUR heritage and see how you like it. I am sick and tired of people doing BS ½ a$$ imitationsof Japanese culture. She had a CHINESE hair piece, her dancers mostly had CHINESE hasirsytles, the neck closure on her "kimono" was CHINESE. I could not see the character on the fans clearly but I would guess they used the CHINESE character for "love". Her stupid dancers kept doing hokey bowing. It was all disrespectful. If she "loves" the cultrue so much she should et it right!

    I spent 35+ years doing Japanese classical dance and getting my degrees. I DO NOT appreciate ms perry making a mockery of my heritage.

  4. 4

    Re: kabuki girl
    I understand where your coming from and you have a right to your opinion just like everyone else, her dress was made that way to make it "a little more modern." maybe that's why they have that clasp. If she really screwed up that bad then that's really crappy, but if she does love your culture isn't that a good thing? If someone comes up to her and tells her this then it's a learning moment so she won't do it again. She was probably just trying to share your culture and failed miserably, don't condemn her teach her how she went wrong so she won't do it again.

  5. M. says – reply to this


    She actually was being racist. She combined all stereotypes of Asians to portray the "japanese" one, hence propagating the white view of how Asians are all the same. You can't wear a culture as an 'accessory'. How would you feel if Asians wore Jersey-shore outfits and said y'all, eating hamburgers and singing Miley Cyrus, claiming that was 'American' just ’cause that's what the stereotype of us is? That's bull. You can't do it for us, so don't do it for others.

  6. MB says – reply to this


    Re: kabuki girl – I don't know much about this, but I will say that I've always seen Katy Perry as being as fake of a performer as it gets. Very irritating to me. Actually, she is an "act". She's the definition of an "act". She treats her style like as if it's Halloween, and she'll go from that stupid shit she wore at that "Punk Rock Gala" a while back, that was not even remotely "punk rock" (very offensive to me), to something like this. It's nonsense. Her style is a mangled pile of bullshit, that always offends the people she's trying to be like. She's as bad as that group Aqua. Let me tell you, in the 90's when I still loved music, for that very brief moment Aqua was around, I hated that shit. I fucking hated that shit. Well, that shit influenced Perry. She's a space cadet << Not even funny, I bet she actually was a space cadet at some point in her career.

  7. REALLY???? says – reply to this


    She said of the Japanese she wanted to "skin them and wear them like Versace", she is an unbelievable idiot. Personally I am shocked she has a stylist, because she always looks like a damn train wreck, but whatever he makes isn't enough for taking the heat for this douche.

  8. beach says – reply to this


    Her voice sucked and the entire thing was horrid anyway.

  9. A says – reply to this


    Seriously this is stupid, its just a proformance. People just seriously like to find the smallest things to make a riot out of it. if you are that offended just don't watch it. People make everything soo damn complicated!

  10. just no says – reply to this


    i believe her stylist. but that just makes BOTH of them idiots.

    furthermore, she cannot sing or dance. i used to generally like KP and the studio versions of her songs were fun, but Prism is terrible, her performances seem to be getting worse, and her promotion for her album has snuffed out any respect (maybe sympathy?) i may have once had for her.

  11. jrex says – reply to this


    lol if this had been just about anyone else, he'd have called her an insensitive racist bitch and been all outraged about it, but since it's katy perry, im sure she had the most honorable of intentions and oh the poor girl must be so embarrassed!!!

  12. 12

    This is what ignorance will do.

  13. tess says – reply to this


    Re: kabuki girl – can you not read? They said they modified Katy's kimono… and fuck everyone being offended all the fucking time!!! I can't believe nobody said anything about lady gaga coming on the red carpet with a fake horse… That sure was offending for the horse lover community that she wouldn't want to use a real horse

  14. skankeliminator says – reply to this


    SO STUPID!!! get over yourselves! Does this mean Japanese are offending Americans by wearing t-shirts and Levis. Bitch plz. GO KATY!!!

  15. MB says – reply to this


    Re: skankeliminator – You shut up! Katy Perry is stupid. That's the bottom line here. That's all that matters.

    I bet you'd fuck Miley Cyrus in the asshole like Robin Thick and Alfred E Newman did right? You sick fuck.

  16. eileen says – reply to this


    Geishas are NOT prositutes and that was NOT a Kimono….

  17. 17

    The most offensive thing about this presentation was her singing.
    People need to calm the fuck down. No one thinks Madame Butterfly is racially offensive, and this isn't either. It's just an artistic interpretation of a culture. Geez.

  18. 18

    There's a difference between doing something for the sake of exploiting a culture, and borrowing from different cultures for the sake of performance art. She wasn't in black-face, she wasn't trying to impersonate a Japanese person (or general stereotype) and it was obviously purely costume. I would think Katy drew inspiration from Japan, where costume and clothing style is often viewed as art (i.e. Kawaii, Lolita, Ganguro etc.), as opposed to trying to poke fun at the culture.

  19. 19

    I find it funny that its normally always white, Americans making an outrage over Japanese racism, or black racism,etc..Black people really don't give a crap about half the crap people say is racist, the same with japs.

    Racism is thinking a race is inferior or hating them. Dressing up as one of them celebrates their culture. You have to honestly be a moron trying to find something to be offended at to get pissed at stuff like this.

  20. 20

    So if I buy a Samuri sword and hang it up on a wall does that make me racist?

  21. 21

    I think it is a pretty outfit. Don't see anything racist about it.

  22. Emma says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – No, I wouldn't think you were racist if you placed a samurai sword on your wall. What makes me think you're a racist is when you used the term "japs".

  23. catherine says – reply to this


    I get why people are offended. I am from New Jersey and I HATE when people stereotype us as all "Jersey Shore" types. I don't think Katy meant it to be offensive, I think she/her stylists are just idiots. Even though she said she likes the culture, read a book about it, visit Japan. Don't dress up like its Halloween. What the hell did geishas have to do with her song? They don't represents unconditional love. If anything they represent the complete opposite. They were classy high end escorts.

    I dont think she meant anything to be mean, I think she's just an idiot.

  24. chillax62 says – reply to this


    Re: tess – Oh please gaga did not use a real horse and did not try to portray a culture! Don't compare the incomparable!

  25. LC says – reply to this


    I can't believe were offended by what she was wearing, and not by how horrible she sounded or how shitty that performance/song was.

  26. Alphonso says – reply to this


    I'm for team Katy!
    …all you PC wankers go an tape down your eyelids!