Katy Perry has fired back at critics who took aim at her decision to dress dancers up as big-bottomed, buxom Egyptian mummies on her Prism tour, insisting the race controversy over the costumes was blown up over nothing.
Twitter followers reprimanded Perry when images from the stage show first surfaced, with many suggesting the pop star had crossed a race line by poking fun at black stereotypes.
One fan wrote, "Just saw the pictures of Katy Perry and the mummies...uh...this is not okay. And white feminists, we need to be active in saying so."
Other fans defended Perry and now the singer herself has addressed the controversy in a new Rolling Stone interview.
She says, "As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.
"I thought that would really correlate well together... It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."
She adds, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it! I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f**k me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."