April 26, 2010

"A sight for squaw eyes"

Adrienne Keene of the Native Appropriations blog makes another good catch:

Katy Perry at Coachella:  "A sight for Squaw Eyes"Notice 4 things:

1. The headline: Katy's "Poca face"?

2. The text: "Katy Perry looks a sight for squaw eyes"? and she could have "doubled for Pocahontas"?

3. Her pose: please tell me she's acting demure and not war-whooping?

4. The photo caption: "How girl"?

The Sun managed to wrap four of the most egregious and horrible stereotypes into one little post.
Comment:  See Adrienne's posting for her comments on these faux pas.

I saw the photo of Perry in her Native-style dress, but that alone wasn't worth a mention. It's the Sun's commentary that makes this a Stereotype of the Month entry.

Incidentally, my guess is that Perry wasn't doing a war whoop, but it's impossible to tell.

For more on the subject, see Indian Headdresses at Coachella and Indian Wannabes.

1 comment:

jean said...

No she wasn't doing a war whoop.Katy was doing coy flapper girl poses.I saw bits of this on a music channel that was covering Coachella.
The Sun is the trashiest of all British tabloids with the exception of their Sunday edition News Of The World.