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Katy Perry’s Father Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Rant

Keith Hudson, Katy Perry
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Katy Perry‘s father, Keith Hudson, came under fire this week for launching a tirade against practitioners of Judaism. He is now apologizing for his remarks, calling them “hurtful and ugly.” We agree. How did he explain his rant?

Hudson himself had no explanation for his potentially bigoted speech, but the pastor of the church that hosted Hudson, Paul Endrei, tried to diffuse the situation by providing some background and context to the sermon. “Even though this is wrong and it was not a right comment, he wasn’t preaching about Jews, neither was he ranting against Jews,” Endrei told the Huffington Post. Apparently, Hudson was preaching about God telling Abraham that he was blessed, which then launched Hudson’s tangent about “being blessed so much that you would make a Jew jealous.”

Endrei takes it further, saying that Hudson was actually complimenting Jewish people’s prosperity by saying money is what it takes to make them envious. We’re failing to see how reinforcing longstanding stereotypes can be construed as flattering. For what it’s worth, Endrei also noted that he only had one complaint out of the 300 parishioners present at the sermon — to which we have to note that we don’t think many Jewish people were in attendance at a Christian sermon, and that if there were, the ratio would likely be much different. In fact, Jewish human rights organization at the Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the comments as anti-Semitic earlier this week.

This isn’t the only contradiction in Hudson’s sermons. While daughter Perry was raised to believe that divorce is wrong, Hudson capitalized on the publicity from the split to fill more pews at his services. Despite being a large draw, Endrei says that Hudson won’t be welcome back at his Ohio church until “some time has passed.”

Perry’s rep was mum on the controversy surrounding Hudson’s ministry, but the star made a pointed remark last week that likely reflects her views on the topic. “Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me,” she tweeted. “Not a blog, magazine, ‘close sources’ or my family.”

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