Katy Perry is being slammed on Twitter (again) for a remark in which she mentioned both her “old black hair” and Barack Obama in the same sentence.
“Katy Perry really f—- tried it with that white ass joke,” tweeted one user. “What does Barack Obama have to do with your dry ass white hair?”
“Wow Katy Perry. The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing,” another weighed in.
“katy perry compared barack obama to her ‘old black hair,'” tweeted another. “career cancelled.”
During an Instagram Live video, Perry responded to a fan’s comment about her black hair before she turned blonde.
“Oh someone says, ‘I miss your old black hair.’ Oh, really? Do you miss Barack Obama as well? Oh, OK. Times change. Bye! See your guys later,” she said, turning around to laugh with her friends.
People got angry on social media because Perry connected her former dark locks to the former president. However, a couple people rushed to Perry’s defense, telling the Twittersphere what they feel is the true meaning of Perry’s remarks.
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
— Jessica (@Jes00sica) May 1, 2017
The backlash comes two weeks after Perry was trolled on Twitter for posting a picture of a Hindu goddess to her Instagram profile with the caption “current mood.”
“This is a shameful and offensive act. You can’t compare yourself with The Great Goddess KALI MAA,” one user had said.
A representative for Perry has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Check out some angry tweets below.
Not Katy Perry pretending to be a woke activist then making an insensitive joke comparing her hair to Obama pic.twitter.com/uex3jZ8orS
— #1 snake stan (@slitherswift) April 30, 2017
Katy Perry really fucking tried it with that white ass joke. What does Barack Obama have to do with your dry ass white hair?
— Ᏸecca???????? (@MJStarLover) April 30, 2017
.@katyperry Just note how the words "old" and "black" triggered an Obama retort. But Migos to boost her last trash single tho right? FOH. She's washed.
— keddy (@donkategena) May 1, 2017
— ????Muva moon ???? (@_zolarmoon) April 30, 2017
people are not reaching with this Katy Perry /Obama "joke" ,it wasn't outwardly racist but it was a microagression with racial undertones
— Kadevin. (@SupaastarJones) April 30, 2017
Wow Katy Perry. The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing.
— Paris C. (@pariscarerra) April 30, 2017
lol they told katy perry they miss her black colored hair and she said do you miss obama too? lmao yeah she's cancelled from the culture
— Terrence ???????? (@Watch_TV24) April 30, 2017
The Barack Obama jab is what made it seem racially charged but it doesn't matter to me Bc I've never really liked Katy Perry.
— the rose: (@MakeupWhoreder) April 30, 2017
katy perry is such a mess first she copied daft punk now she's got an ugly haircut and is dissing obama omg
— miggy (@sehunfat) April 30, 2017
Katy Perry got canceled. I just saw this "Do you miss Barack Obama as well" comment. Very SHADY.
— Knuckle Dick ????????♀️ (@OnlyThePoets) April 30, 2017
— DJ SCREAM (@DJSCREAM) April 30, 2017