Black Women Want Answers from Activist Deray Mckesson for Katy Perry’s Appearance on His Podcast

Katy Perry’s attempt to explain to activist Deray Mckesson her frequent and continued appropriation of Black culture did not fly at all with Black women.

“I’ve made several mistakes even in the ‘This Is How We Do’ video with how I wore my hair [in cornrows] and having a hard conversation with one of my empowered angels, Cleo, about ‘What does this mean?'” Perry told Mckesson Saturday, June 10, on his podcast, “Pod Save the People.” “Why can’t I wear my hair that way? Or what is the history behind wearing the hair that way?”

Perry said Cleo explained the power behind Black women’s hair, which the singer admitted was something she “will never understand.”

“But I can educate myself and that’s what I’m trying to do along the way,” said Perry, who is making the rounds to promote her new album “Witness.” “It takes someone to say — out of compassion, out of love — ‘Hey, this is where the origin is … and not just a clap back because it’s hard to hear those clap backs sometimes.”

Black women were not satisfied with the explanation, however.

Still, the singer had some supporters.

Others claimed Mckesson was taking up for Perry.

Amid the fallout, Mckesson took to Twitter to explain why he had Perry on his program.

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