Katy Perry is normally pretty good at social media. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, and often uses her multiple platforms to champion the things she believes in, like she did throughout Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.
But even Michael Jordan missed a shot every once in a while, and over the weekend, Perry did too. During an Instagram Live session, the newly blonde singer addressed the fact that apparently some people are pissed that she cut off all her hair and dyed it a different color.
“Aww,’ someone says, ‘I miss your old, black hair.’ “Oh, do you miss Barack Obama as well? Okay, times change. Bye,” Perry said. After realizing that she may have put her foot in her mouth, Perry I decided that it might be time to put down her phone. “I should leave now,” she giggled. Her friends agreed, telling her that she’s “cut off.”
This is life as a celebrity in 2017. Even the most innocuous joke has the potential for scandal, especially when it’s broadcast to a gargantuan fan base like Perry’s with the push of a button.
Right on cue, the backlash began, as Twitter users pounced on Perry for her remarks, deeming them inappropriate and racist. “Wow Katy Perry,” one critic wrote. “The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing.”
Wow Katy Perry. The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing.— Paris C. (@pariscarerra) April 30, 2017
Sometimes when I think that the world is an awful place, I remember that Barack Obama has more Grammys than Katy Perry, and I feel better.— Steph (@stphfrndz) April 30, 2017
Not Katy Perry pretending to be a woke activist then making an insensitive joke comparing her hair to Obama pic.twitter.com/uex3jZ8orS— #1 snake stan (@slitherswift) April 30, 2017
Now, we all know that Perry isn’t racist. And she definitley doesn’t support Donald Trump. In fact, Perry actively campaigned for the former president in 2012, and has worn her democratic heart on her sleeve for the majority of her time in the spotlight. But in our culture of faux outrage, people drag celebrities for sport. Perry’s joke didn’t show her “privilege.“ It simply shows that sometimes she just makes really lame jokes.