Katy Perry’s dad rants about Jews, daughter’s money during sermon

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Although Katy Perry's transition from gospel-singing good girl to Lifesavers-breasted pop siren is well-documented, Perry's dad, evangelical preacher Keith Hudson, is not a big fan of her raunchy, onstage persona — or, for that matter, of the Jewish people. While taking a break from a rant about his daughter's career and finances, Hudson engaged in the timeless tradition of Jew-bashing during a recent sermon, telling his congregation that Jews in Los Angeles are "so rich it smells." 

"You know to make the Jews jealous? Have some money, honey," Hudson told hundreds of worshippers at Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio. "You go to L.A. and you own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of L.A. where we live and it is so rich it smells. You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen." 

Hudson also discussed the decidedly non-evangelical values expressed in her music. "People ask, 'How is it that you have a daughter raised in the church and she sang, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it?'" he said. "I say, 'I don't know.'"

The congregation later passed around a collection for Hudson and his wife Mary, after Hudson told them, "We live by the Gospel, not off anyone else, even though you may say, 'You are the parents of Katy Perry, you must be rich.' No, she is, I am not, hallelujah." The couple also alluded to Perry's divorce from Brand, with Mary telling worshippers, "I'm sure Katy is trending on the Internet just to get you into church tonight" during her ninety-minute sermon.

I've got to say, I've never been a huge Katy Perry fan, but assuming she doesn't share her parents' beliefs — and she has publicly stated many times that she does not — it's hard not to kind of respect her for flagrantly stomping on their values. Marrying and divorcing a former heroin addict and dressing like your stylist is a slutty Oompa-Loompa is about as far from an evangelical Christian upbringing as you can get, so Katy, honey, after you get over your divorce, I hope your next step is to rip your bigoted, money-grubbing dad a new one by releasing an album of klezmer covers and rebounding with Larry David.