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Katy Perry's geisha costume at American Music Awards: Was it racist?

Katy Perry performs during the 2013 American Music

Katy Perry performs during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Will fans still love Katy Perry "Unconditionally" after her performance at Sunday night's American Music Awards?

The pop star opened the awards show with that new hit song, without a backing track, it sounded like (go her), but her stellar vocals were overshadowed by the Japanese theme that many viewers are calling racist. Perry and her backup dancers took to the stage in geisha-like garb, performing against an oriental backdrop styled like a Japanese garden, complete with umbrellas and oversized fans for props.

"So I had this racist nightmare. I think we should have Katie reenact it on teevee.'" -Katy @katyperry 's Creative Team, one viewer tweeted Sunday.

"@katyperry why would she sing the the song 'Unconditionally,' which is about unconditional love, to a racist performance!!!!!!" another wrote.

To some Katy Cats, though, the allegations seemed overblown. Those comments ranged from "#AMAs I don't think Katy Perry's performance was racist - it was more like, inspired" to "everyone on tumblr is hating on katy perry for being racist but why the ---- should you care you are white" and “she loves Japanese's that racist?"

Watch Katy Perry's AMAs performance below, and tell us: Do you think it was offensive?

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