Karen Mead of Japanator writes:
"Katy Perry's geisha-themed performance stirs up trouble
What is it about these silly music award shows these days
7 hours ago - 5:30 PM on 11.25.2013
These pop princesses just can't go on TV anymore without upsetting people. Katy Perry donned Geisha-inspired garb (even though her dress was more Chinese than Japanese in cut) for the performance of her song Unconditionally at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday night, and now people are arguing all over the internet over whether or not her act was racist. Apparently, the use of stereotypical Japanese elements, like fans, cherry blossoms and rice-paper screens made the performance appear to be a caricature of Japanese culture, and some viewers found it offensive."