- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pop singer Katy Perry apologized for appropriating black and Japanese culture during a 4-day “Big Brother”-style livestream promoting her new album “Witness.”

To accompany her album’s release Friday, Ms. Perry started broadcasting herself locked inside a “Big Brother”-style Los Angeles apartment. The livestream included a variety of guests and activities ranging from cooking with Gordon Ramsay, yoga with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and dinner with Sia.

She also sat down for a podcast with Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson and apologized for her “several mistakes” in inappropriately borrowing from other cultures.

“Even in the ‘This Is How We Do’ video, about how I wore my hair,” she said, referring to her cornrows in the 2013 music video. “I didn’t know, and 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.

“And even in, you know, my intention to appreciate Japanese culture, I did it wrong with a performance,” she said, referring to her 2013 American Music Awards performance of “Unconditionally,” where she dressed as a geisha.

“I didn’t know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying I did it wrong,” Ms. Perry explained. “And sometimes that’s what it takes, is it takes someone to say, out of compassion, out of love, ‘This is where the origin is, and do you understand?’”

She said it’s much more effective for people to explain cultural differences from a place of love instead of “clapping back” with a snarky comment on social media.

“Your ego just wants to turn from them,” she said. “And I’ve been so grateful to have great teachers and great friends that will really hold me accountable. Even when I said that I wasn’t a feminist because I didn’t know what that word meant. You know someone pulled me aside in a quiet space, and didn’t shame, didn’t judge me.”

Mr. Mckesson asked Ms. Perry if she is a feminist, to which the pop star enthusiastically responded, “Yes, sir, I am. I am a feminist, and I think it’s a beautiful thing to want equality for all females, for all women.”

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