Katy Perry’s in big trouble for her reference to koala bears in a promo video for her upcoming Australian tour.
The 32-year-old singer has launched a series of online promotions to give her fans a chance to win tickets to one of her concerts Down Under, in partnership with Australian department store Myer.
However, one video in particular has come under fire because koala bears are facing extinction in Australia, so Katy Perry telling her pet pooch to “chase koalas” has undoubtedly been met with criticism.
“Okay Nugget, it’s time to get your puppy passport. Let’s go chase some koalas, Nugget,” KP says in the video.
Queensland wildlife vet Claire Madden said she is “sickened” by the advert, and has invited Katy to come and see the koala bears that have been previously attacked by dogs.
“This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer (the Australian department store sponsoring the tour), and inappropriate on so many levels,” Claire Madden told The Courier Mail.
“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas.”
“Katy Perry I challenge you to come and spend a day with me (a wildlife vet) and learn first hand why your comment should NOT be streamed across the nation.
“Koalas attacked by dogs is one of their biggest threats and primary reasons for presenting to wildlife hospitals across Australia.
“Come visit me and you will quickly learn how adorable and precious our koalas are and how undeserving your comment is.”
Myer said that they are working on removing all koala references from the promo.
Watch the offending video below before it gets taken down and updated.