Katy Perry

Decoding Katy Perry’s Ill-Phrased Tweet about Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

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Katy Perry has weighed in on the debate sparked by Taylor Swift’s defensive, tone-deaf exchange with Nicki Minaj, who at the time was calling out pop music’s racial bias in light of yesterday’s VMA nominations. Unfortunately, Perry’s tweet is confusing to read, due to its lack of punctuation and awkward phrasing. Shade can only be as effective as its syntax, after all.
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Rue From ‘The Hunger Games’ Understands Something About Racism That So Many Americans Don’t

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Her gorgeous performance as Rue from The Hunger Games attracted a cascade of racist responses on social media, but now teenager Amandla Sternberg is becoming a public voice on the topics of race and culture, thanks to a Tumblr video that has gone viral. In a few short, well-produced moments, Sternberg answered one question that American media consumers and creators fail to understand, and raised another that we’d all do well to seriously consider. And she did it all as history class project, with the help of a friend.
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Music’s Most Pointless “Catfights”

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Earlier this week, in her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna said something that resonated with women everywhere: “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing.”

This is especially true if you’re a female performer of a certain status. Even Madonna atoned for her feud with Lady Gaga, telling RS, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs [‘Express Yourself’/’Born This Way’]. It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’”
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It’s On Them: The Grammys Need to Practice What They Preach About Domestic and Sexual Violence

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Following last year’s mass gay marriage, the Grammys got political again during last night’s ceremony. Beyoncé, Common, and John Legend honored Selma and all that the film represents, while Prince shouted out “Black Lives Matter” from the stage. Sam Smith thanked the man who inspired all his love songs, in the process acknowledging his sexual orientation in pop’s most public arena. Most pointedly, Katy Perry, President Obama, and activist Brooke Axtell presented a three-part PSA and performance against domestic violence and sexual assault. It was a touching gesture, but with Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Eminem all up for (and, in some cases, winning) awards last night, it also felt disingenuous coming from an Academy — and an industry — that continues to support real assailants.
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