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November 26, 2013 - 12:47 pm

The Puffington Host is on the case. Because that’s what they do. They determine stories by their search engine optimization possibilities, run them through the “X is offensive because Y” macro, hit publish.

Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards on Sunday night dressed as a geisha while belting out her latest single “Unconditionally.”

Although the stage aesthetics and colorful attire were quite beautiful, Perry is being called racist for sexualizing a traditional Japanese female figure, who is paid to serve as a hostess and excels in the art of entertainment, reports The Huffington Post.

The opening act included cherry blossoms, a Shinto shrine and taiko drummers. Perry appeared on stage draped in a kimono along with several dozen dancers wearing the cultural garb. Shortly after her performance ended, though, the critics began sounding off.

Cosmopolitan.com led their coverage by asking ”Was Katy Perry’s AMAs performance racist?” but Vulture.com’s writer Jesse David Fox wasn’t so diplomatic in his approach. He compared her showing to other “racially tut-tutted” performances.

Whatever. The Grammys are among those boring awards show I only watch if I absolutely have to. There are approximately 3,720 better ways to spend one’s time than watching egos who mostly attack what I believe in stroke each other. In this case, I’m offended that people keep getting offended at everything. We’ve built cities and empires and come to this pinnacle of civilization, only to take offense at every single thing about it.

The only opinion I have about the actual show is that Katy Perry is the worst looking geisha in the history of geishas. I have some Japanese roots. This is awful.

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I’ve seen better geishas on Halloween. I hope it’s not racist to say that Perry’s getup looks more like a clown costume than anything else.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What it's all about is to be able to say that people of Western culture don't have the right to talk about anyone else. When Japan was planning an attack on Pearl Harbor, no one of Western culture would have a right to talk about it. Here's something that all these enemies of us (Cossmopolitan, feminists, socialists, etc.) should get:

We do have the right to talk about the other.

Those who say we do not are our enemies. This is not a trivial matter. It's about time someone with some voice demonstrated the guts to call all these people out for what they are - our enemies.
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Meh...seems more inspired by cosplay than traditional geisha attire.

Has any of the offended classes ever wondered what happens if they successfully shame Caucasians into never using any references to the traditions, cultures, appearance, etc., of said offended classes?

Two things will happen simultaneously.

The erasing of other cultures from society as no longer relevant, and the promotion of European based culture since that's what 2/3 of the the US population is descended from.

With no other culture to cross pollinate ideas with unless they want to be charged as racist, those of the Caucasian persuasion will turn back to their own ethnic roots to the exclusion of the cultures of the offended classes.

As the Caucasian persuasion makes up some 2/3 of the population, and entertainment is marketed towards that base, you could then expect to see a LOT more movies and music and general entertainment based upon European culture and a lot less based upon any non-European based cultures.

For example, those harping on the Redskins name....would they be happier if all references to any indian/redskin/natives/native american (whatever the term of the day is) were to disappear from popular usage?

Would they be happier if that ethnic group were to be relegated to a small chapter in dry high school history books, as all references to them were erased due to perceived inappropriateness, before moving on to other topics - or would they be happier if that ethnicity were vibrantly represented within the wider culture?

They can't have it both ways.

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Katy's performance was fine. I'll save my outrage for Obama and Obamacare.
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She is just a bit top-heavy for that particular role, though.
33 weeks ago
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What it's all about is to be able to say that people of Western culture don't have the right to talk about anyone else. When Japan was planning an attack on Pearl Harbor, no one of Western culture would have a right to talk about it. Here's something that all these enemies of us (Cossmopolitan, feminists, socialists, etc.) should get:

We do have the right to talk about the other.

Those who say we do not are our enemies. This is not a trivial matter. It's about time someone with some voice demonstrated the guts to call all these people out for what they are - our enemies.
33 weeks ago
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Scottch makes a good point because in fact these politically correct yahoos do want it both ways.

Cultural appropriation is one of the latest bits of fake logic to highlight the immorality of white people without having to say "I don't like whites."

If I use some theme from the Third World I'm a culture thief, if I don't I'm a member of a hegemonic "Anglo" cult marginalizing non-whites to the fringes. The question then becomes: "Why do you/don't you." A clever riddle I've yet to figure out.

I can't figure out the rules for cultural appropriation other than if you're white and do it you're wrong and if you're non-white and do it it's because of a smothering imperial colonizing dominant culture practicing erasure and making people in Viet Nam buy Lipton tea and watch "Avatar" at the symbolic point of a bayonet at the expense of their own noble culture or something.

If cultural appropriation was like a cultural copyright, the Third World would owe me about 12 trillion dollars for ceramic toilets alone and I'd owe 4 cents, which I'd pay in colonial script.
33 weeks ago
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Meh...seems more inspired by cosplay than traditional geisha attire.

Has any of the offended classes ever wondered what happens if they successfully shame Caucasians into never using any references to the traditions, cultures, appearance, etc., of said offended classes?

Two things will happen simultaneously.

The erasing of other cultures from society as no longer relevant, and the promotion of European based culture since that's what 2/3 of the the US population is descended from.

With no other culture to cross pollinate ideas with unless they want to be charged as racist, those of the Caucasian persuasion will turn back to their own ethnic roots to the exclusion of the cultures of the offended classes.

As the Caucasian persuasion makes up some 2/3 of the population, and entertainment is marketed towards that base, you could then expect to see a LOT more movies and music and general entertainment based upon European culture and a lot less based upon any non-European based cultures.

For example, those harping on the Redskins name....would they be happier if all references to any indian/redskin/natives/native american (whatever the term of the day is) were to disappear from popular usage?

Would they be happier if that ethnic group were to be relegated to a small chapter in dry high school history books, as all references to them were erased due to perceived inappropriateness, before moving on to other topics - or would they be happier if that ethnicity were vibrantly represented within the wider culture?

They can't have it both ways.

33 weeks ago
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So ... not being able to call illegal aliens "w-o-tbacks" (have to write it this way as PJM participates in the lie that the word they censor is racist, and is therefore playing, in this, the role of a dupe), "illegal aliens", "undocumented immigrants" (it's plain "migrants" now) makes them go home? Not being able to speak of Islam without the OK of some sheik who can tell us the "actual truth" about Islam (it's peace loving and harmless donchaknow) will make the danger of Islam go away (as it did in a certain case of "workplace violence").

There is an American culture. Not every other is a friend of American culture. We have the right to talk about any culture we feel like talking about, with or without its approval. That includes imitating its speech, its mannerisms, its dress as demonstration is a powerful method of communicating.

Otherwise Hollywood should just shut up about pretty much everything as should all "artists" of whatever persuasion.

Those who argue that we do not have the right to "appropriate" hate us and want to advance their anti-human ideology.
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Scottch -- that's a brilliant point and a great post. Please also post it somewhere besides a Katy Perry story so that people will actually see it! (I only accidentally clicked on this one!) :)
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Lol, feel free to copy and paste where appropriate. Not sure where else it could be placed at the moment
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