Poor Katy Perry. First her marriage to Russell Brand implodes, leaving her in the midst of divorce at the dawn of the new year. Then there's that pesky little issue of her family, who frequently uses her fame as a vehicle for their evangelical Christian congregation. This time, the antics of Perry's father could reflect poorly on her -- and it seems he is quickly trying to backtrack.
Keith Hudson, the singer's pastor dad, made some anti-Semitic remarks in a guest sermon at The Church on the Rise in the Cleveland, Ohio area last weekend and subsequently caused an uproar.
"You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey," Hudson preached.
"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," he said.
Needless to say, his comments caused an uproar.
"If you take out 'L.A.' from his rant, most people would guess that Hitler or Goebbels was speaking," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center.
The Anti-Defamation League chimed in, calling Hudson's comments "unabashedly anti-Semitic" and saying it's "unfortunate that [Katy Perry's] good name is now attached to her father's words."
After being reamed by those and countless others, Hudson decided he had better apologize posthaste -- at the very least to deflect attention from his daughter, who racked up five trophies at the People's Choice Awards last night.
"I deeply regret the hurtful and ugly language I used in my message in Ohio," Hudson said in a statement to media outlets and Jewish human rights organizations. "I understand the power of words, and the need for all of us to think twice before using words that hurt or harm others. I apologize for the hurt that I caused my Jewish friends."
"I have had a few days to think about what I said, and to listen to my words as they were understood by others," he explained. "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 used them without ever considering what they meant."
The pop star herself has not commented on the mess, but Perry's tweet regarding her divorce news probably said it best:
"Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family," she wrote.
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