Perry recently cut off her hair and dyed it blonde, and said during her stream that people have told her they miss her black hair. Her response was meant to be a joke.
“Oh, really?” Perry said. “Do you miss Barack Obama as well? Oh, OK. Times change. Bye! See you guys later.”
Twitter user DJ SCREAM was able to capture the footage and post it to his account. It spread like wildfire around social media from there.
— DJ SCREAM (@DJSCREAM) April 30, 2017
Many people found the joke racially insensitive and some are even making fun of her for it.
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK OLHEM O DENTE DELAA pic.twitter.com/gaBFfkKG2U
— MADONNX (@juniormille4) April 30, 2017
goodbye Katy pic.twitter.com/txQ4jz1o0n
— stream react by the pussycat dolls (@jordonxcx) April 30, 2017
Other people think the backlash is uncalled for or bring up Perry’s support for Obama as evidence the artist’s joke wasn’t meant to be an anti-Obama dig.
Delete this. She supported Obama more than any other artist out there. You don't know Katy. Stop using her for RT's your pathetic. pic.twitter.com/C3i36DnBs8
— john (@risethrive) May 1, 2017
Perry and her representatives were not immediately available for comment.