At a fabulous London-based supper the previous evening (Feb. 4), Charles, Princes of Wales, named Katy Perry as the British Asian Trust’s new diplomat. Set up by Charles and British-Asian business pioneers in 2007, the trust bolsters powerless individuals across South Asia. Perry will allegedly work with the association to lessen kid dealing and maltreatment in India.
Charles said meeting Perry in Mumbai the day preceding his birthday in 2019 “ended up being a superb birthday present,” per the Evening Standard. He included: “Given Katy’s long-standing pledge to admirable missions around the globe, I’m enchanted to declare that she has most liberally consented to turn into an envoy for the British Asian Trust’s Children’s Protection Fund for India.”
The vocalist, who is additionally a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, said her cause work has taken her “to numerous pieces of the world and opened [her] eyes to the numerous vulnerabilities of youngsters.” As the Independent reports, she likewise noticed that “India has since a long time ago held an extraordinary spot in [her] heart,” including: “I was dazzled by [the trust’s] solid arrangement … that will mean to slice youngster dealing down the middle.”
Perry is the trust’s first non-Asian ambassador, per Metro; a move that has sparked criticism online. Several Twitter users pointed out that Perry was neither British nor Asian and therefore shouldn’t have been chosen to represent that population. Some linked her new role to the “white saviour” mentality.
Katy Perry will work with the British Asian Trust to reduce child trafficking in India
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Others brought up Perry’s past cultural appropriation incidents, which include making a meme out of a Hindu goddess, dressing as a geisha, and styling her hair in cornrows. In a 2017 interview with civil rights activist DeRay McKesson, she admitted she’d “made several mistakes” and was trying to educate herself.
Perry hinted that she’s not a fan of “clapback” criticism, saying: “Sometimes it takes someone to say, out of compassion, out of love: ‘Hey, this is where the origin is.’ And not just a clapback. Because it’s hard to hear those clapbacks sometimes. Your ego just wants to turn from them.”