Kesha appeared on American Idol last night (3/17/10). At the 2:30 mark of this video, she goes offstage and returns wearing a chief's headdress and warpaint.
Some comments on YouTube:
Ok that was just painful!!!!!!! I hate the changed words and she really can't sing and what was with the Native American headdress????????
Ok what the fck woman you need to stop being a damn blonde and show respect to other ethnic group. Wearing a fake Native American headdress is very disrespectful to us and other Natives Americans. I don't know if you wanted to dress up like that, but you should think about it before you act.
Why'd she put on the Indian hat????????
It looks badd.
Her performance was terrible and terribly offensive. All I saw was some ridiculous woman flopping around onstage mumbling "blah blah blah" while wearing a headdress and face paint. My feeling was that there was no real point to any of it except that the headdress and the tv-head dancers were all to detract attention from her formidable lack of talent. American Idol producers should be fired. What next? Juliette Lewis jumping around the AI stage in blackface?
The headdress was just. ... I have no idea. I think it's definitely using the idea of "Oh, this is so WACKY!" and completely ignoring the fact that she is appropriating someone's history and culture. :\
For more stereotypical music videos, see:
Italian "Dance of the Indians"
MC Mong's Indian Boy video
Girl chief in Lady GaGa video
OutKast dances in fringed, feathered outfits at Grammys