It is semi-common knowledge that Katy Perry changed her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry to avoid comparisons to actress Kate Hudson, who Perry is now much more famous than, but I have this other theory…
Maybe Katy actually changed her name to avoid being compared to her crazy anti-semitic evangelist preacher father, Keith Hudson, who had to apologize to the Anti-Defamation League for a sermon that incorporated old-timey Jewish stereotypes about money. Here’s how it went:
“You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey. You go to L.A. and they 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.”
That looks like something I just concocted to make him look bad, doesn’t it? Well, I didn’t. He does that all on his own. And the church he “works” for told CNN on Tuesday that the comment was meant as a compliment and not a criticism. It didn’t hold much merit, since he still said he was sorry in his ADL statement.
“I deeply regret the hurtful and ugly language I used in my message in Ohio, I used images about Jews rooted in the worst anti-Semitism in the past, images that at times led to the persecution and murder of Jews.”
“I can’t tell you where I picked up phrases and descriptions that became part of my vocabulary. I used them without ever considering what they meant…I apologize for the hurt that I caused my Jewish friends. With the help of God, it will not happen again.”
I believe that Mr. Hudson will be more careful about what he says from now on, but like all fame-forced apologies, it doesn’t mean that those weren’t his personal opinions and ignorances.