The worlds of pop royalty and real royalty collided this week, with the Prince of Wales naming Katy Perry as an ambassador of the British Asian Trust. And if that sentence made you do a double take, you aren't alone.
The appointment was made as a part of the annual Royal Dinner honoring the British Asian Trust, which seeks to tackle poverty, and inequality across South Asia. Selected for her humanitarian work in advocating for children's rights as a UNICEF Global Ambassador, Perry will be headed to India, alongside fellow ambassadors broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake and musician Naughty Boy, as a part of the Trust's initiative aimed at combating child labor and trafficking.
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"India has long held a special place in my heart, and on my last visit, I was able to meet with The Prince of Wales and other leaders in Mumbai, and I was impressed by their strong plan," Perry said in a statement about the appointment. "Children are vulnerable and innocent and have to be protected."
The Prince of Wales announces that @katyperry will be an Ambassador for the @britishasiantst’s Children’s Protectio… https://t.co/ToFy7hPlxy— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall) 1580848408
The news left many scratching their heads, confused as to why a white American pop star would be the face of an initiative aimed at British Asians (fill in your own Scarlet Johansson joke here):
I love Katy but seriously? She's not British or is she Asian. There are SO MANY BRITISH ASIAN celebrities who shoul… https://t.co/fr443q89gc— Zarik Yusaf (@Zarik Yusaf) 1580890324
The most famous British Asian I know called me and said "WTF we can't even get an invite to any British Asian eve… https://t.co/C8osMQxskU— Jasmine Dotiwala (@Jasmine Dotiwala) 1580894035
This is what happens when white people listen to #JoaquinPhoenix's #BAFTA speech about dismantling systematic racis… https://t.co/xzOrLCjHmw— Ringo Le (@Ringo Le) 1580870582
Whereas others gave Perry the benefit of the doubt and tried to help others see the logic in her appointment by listing off her qualifications:
@Dawinderpal @katyperry @NPoonawalla @britishasiantst Are you suggesting that as a charity the BAT only accept amba… https://t.co/o6SOlBvep3— Nihal Arthanayake 🏳️🌈🇱🇰🏴🇬🇧🇺🇦 (@Nihal Arthanayake 🏳️🌈🇱🇰🏴🇬🇧🇺🇦) 1580884527
@Dawinderpal @katyperry @NPoonawalla @britishasiantst The connection is a human one. Plus she loves India and in he… https://t.co/rzbiJLVNBl— Nihal Arthanayake 🏳️🌈🇱🇰🏴🇬🇧🇺🇦 (@Nihal Arthanayake 🏳️🌈🇱🇰🏴🇬🇧🇺🇦) 1580888082
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