Katy Perry‘s rubbed her Aussie fans the wrong way with a promo spot for her recently announced Australian tour dates. The former Mrs. Brand’s brand of humor, which not too long ago landed her in hot water with President Obama supporters (click here to read), is feeling the fire again for a video ad where she jokingly tells her dog to ‘chase Koalas.’
The problem? Koalas in Australia are vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss, being hit by vehicles, and (you guessed it) dog attacks.
The country’s top department store, Myer, is sponsoring Perry’s Australian leg of the ‘Witness’ tour. After the backlash, the company had the commercial altered and the line referencing the koala to ‘time go get you a puppy passport.’
By that point, the story had already ignited fury.
“This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels,” wildlife vet Claire Madden told Queensland’s 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.”
Twitter and Facebook show complaints from leagues of other disappointed fans, some of whom have called for a boycott of the department store chain using the hashtag #boycottmyer.
As of time reported, Katy Perry has not issued a statement on the matter.