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“I am so sick of not existing, that I would settle for following any white person around with an umbrella just so I could say I was there.” At Salon earlier that year, Mihi Ahn wrote that “[Stefani] swallowed the subversive youth culture in Japan and barfed up another image of submissive giggling Asian women.”Even without including any actual Asian women, Perry accomplishes something similar.She and her dancers spend much of their performance time putting their palms together and bowing, scurrying across the stage trying to be light on their feet, and hiding behind umbrellas and fans.
Despite backlash from Hindu groups objecting to her use of the religious symbol as just a decorative prop, Gomez continued to wear it—and defend her use of it.
To anyone who thinks the media has gone overboard scrutinizing pop for excuses to be outraged, look no further than the coverage of last night’s show.
“Katy Perry Kicks Off AMAs With Beautiful Moment,” reads a since-updated headline on the Associated Press story.
This year like every year I am given the opportunity to sample the newest music in most cases before the album has been released to the public.
In 2012 nearly 200 releases were sent to me for review consideration so in general terms I can say it was an outstanding year for some of the finest new songs and albums in all categories of Americana, electronic, instrumental, new age, soundtrack and world music.
But once viewers began to focus on the gratuitous shots of her black dancers thrusting, twerking, and dousing themselves in champagne while Allen sang “I don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cause I’ve got a brain,” the shouts of The day of the music video’s debut, I wondered if Allen’s use of her dancers was poorly executed parody, not a case of completely missing the point.