About the mummies, first thing's first, in my book, 'cultural appropriation' (a term that's starting to be used way too liberally anyway IMO) is NOT racism, some people prefer to disagree with that and say that it is because they like to make out that cultural appropriation is the crime of the century and the worst thing a human being could ever do (it's not by the way).
Racism is when you pre-judge, antagonise, or discriminate
against someone because of their race
, which is not what people who culturally appropriate are doing, ESPECIALLY when culture and race are two different things. So I think anyone who calls cultural appropriation racism must just be a bit stupid really.
Secondly, sorry but I really do believe that the black people ('African Americans'
side note: I'm black and I'm neither African nor American, I know that term is supposed to be a more PC alternative to 'black'/the other word, and I know that it's supposed to have good intentions, but I find 'African American' to be more offensive because it's stereotyping against black people by saying 'oh you're black, you must be from Africa', and not all of us are, so I'll stick with 'black') who took offense to this and called it racist/appropriating/both/whatever really did just make the choice and decided to be offended by the mummy costumes. Katy did nothing to suggest that this was to imitate or make fun of black people. Like she said, there are plenty of women who aren't black who have fake, over-sized boobs and bums (Kim K, Coco, e.t.c), these bodies do not belong exclusively to black women at all.
The way I see it, the only people in this situation who were really being rude, offensive, and maybe even a little racist, were the people who called Katy out on 'appropriating black culture' by having her dancers dress and dance like that. Sorry, but since when is having grossly oversized fake breasts and backsides and running around rubbing them in people's faces a part of black culture? The only thing I find to be at all racist in this situation is that suggestion, because that really is quite degrading and offensive tbh.
I never took offense to the costumes Katy's dancers wear during IKAG, the thought that they were a dig at black people never even crossed my mind until they ended up in the news, my only thoughts were that they were hilarious. I also attended the PWT with my friend who is also black (oh and by the way, she too is neither African nor American), and I specifically remember her also finding the dancers' costumes during IKAG to be hilarious.
Bottom line: keep the costumes in the show Katy. They're absolutely hilarious, and nothing else. http://thedailyblond.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/black-people-urged-to-stop-participating-in-pop-culture-due-to-appropriation/
truth x truth x truth x truth.
Rant over (for now). Wow I should write for The Guardian tbh.