By Marisa Laudadio
The American Music Awards doesn't just deliver more performances of the year's biggest hits than any other big show -- it also gives us some of the year's most buzz-worthy music moments. What had tongues wagging at the AMAs at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Nov. 24? Click on to find out…
Shortly after Katy Perry, dressed as an Americanized geisha, got through the first verse of "Unconditionally" with a slew of similarly dressed dancers behind her at the 2013 American Music Awards, Twitter erupted with criticism. As media outlets like the Atlantic observed the next morning, Katy had walked a fine line between appreciating and appropriating Asian culture with her number. For one thing, her getup was part Japanese kimono, part Chinese cheongsam, as the website Kotaku pointed out. And while her makeup was whitened in classic geisha style, some of her Asian dancers had their faces painted to make them look even more Asian. The fact that their moves involved looking subservient and hiding behind parasols didn't help.
Wrote one Twitter user (via FOX): "This is the performance equivalent of an offensive Halloween costume."
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