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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.
Many people found the joke racially insensitive and some are even making fun of her for it.
goodbye Katy pic.twitter.com/txQ4jz1o0n— princess slaya (@jrdnouat) 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.
Katy Perry meant she wants Obama back and can't have him same way ppl want her black hair and won't get it back ... Christ ppl lol— Wally Szczerbiak (@findingwhitney) April 30, 2017
Perry and her representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Audrey Browning is a content creator and social media manager. In August 2017, she joined Main Street Grub as a community manager.