Over the weekend, Katy Perry gathered celebrities and political commentators for a livestreaming dinner party, Witness World Wide, to discuss current events. Those guests included Insecure’s Amanda Seales, commentators Van Jones and Ana Navarro, comedian Margaret Cho and Caitlyn Jenner.
I’m not sure when Perry decided to become “woke,” but the conversation between Seales and Jenner definitely left the former Olympian speechless after she got a lesson in white privilege and heard about how she’d never be able to relate to living in the U.S. as a black woman.
“It’s an insult to me that you are not listening to what I’m saying,” Seales said. “The reason I am so passionate is that I have had a different experience in this country than you. Because as a black woman, the government is so much in my life.
“If this is a conversation about having conversations, then we have to be listening to each other,” Seales continued.
“The government literally said that black men couldn’t even be in the house, or else women could not get welfare, and that’s a big reason why there’s such a chasm between black women and black men in this generation,” she added.
Seales told Jenner that she needs to acknowledge the privilege that she has, especially now as a transgender woman with money in the bank. Over the last couple of months, Jenner has spoken in support of her fellow conservative Republicans, who actually have done everything to shun trans people and throw away laws to protect them. So it’s interesting to see Jenner still supporting the people who don’t want to have anything to do with her. But then again, a majority of white women voted for Trump, so not shocking at all.
I guess Perry is attempting to becoming a “woke” artist. Whatever sells albums, I guess.