Alim Kheraj
January 13, 2017 4:07 am
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Fresh out of picking up UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, Katy Perry has turned her attention to another cause close to her heart. The singer took to Twitter to share her support to a pro-Muslim American PSA, and we’re listening.

Before November’s election, Perry was a vocal advocate and supporter of Hillary Clinton. Following Trump’s victory, however, the singer wasn’t down trodden. Instead, it seems, she’s been spurred on to make a difference, and has been making a difference, like standing up for Planned Parenthood.

“It’s time to turn words into action!” she wrote on Instagram. “There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government.” 

Well, now Katy Perry has thrown her support behind another cause and it’s so important.

Taking to Twitter, the Teenage Dream singer shared an powerful short-film PSA titled “#DontNormalizeHate.” The clip asks the question as to whether the anti-Muslim rhetoric in today’s climate is just history repeating itself in the shape of the the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese American citizens during World War II.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Perry executive-produced and funded the short-film, which follows the true story of 89-year-old Haru Kuromiya, a resident of Riverside, California, who was incarceration by order of the American government in the 1940s.

Tanimura worked on the PSA alongside Oscar-nominated special effects expert Tony Gardner, and both teamed up with Asian American nonprofit Visual Communications on the project, which involved many people volunteering time. The casting of Hina Khan, a Los Angeles-based actress of Pakistani heritage, was, Tanimura says, “non-negotiable.”

We really respect Katy Perry for using her platform and privilege as a famous artist to speak out on those issues that she feels are important, and we’re all ears to what she has to say.

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