Katy Perry's Concerts Make Her Dad Weep
He asks congregations to pray for her
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Katy Perry poses with her parents Keith and Mary Perry at Billboard's "Women in Music 2012" luncheon at Capitale on Friday Nov. 30, 2012 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Remember when Katy Perry's pastor parents claimed her divorce was a gift from God? Well, that comment looks innocuous compared to the latest from Perry's dad, Keith Hudson: The Sun claims that, in his traveling sermons around the US, he plays a video calling his daughter a "devil child" and asks congregations to pray for her "healing." He also describes attending one of her concerts, and it does not sound like it was a pleasant experience for him.

"I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I'm watching this generation and they were going at it. It almost looked like church," said Hudson at a California church. "I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They're loving and worshiping the wrong thing." He also noted that some have criticized him over his daughter's choice of career: "They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl?"

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May 3, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
This is the same mindset that produced most of the great early rock and rollers--Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and especially Jerry Lee Lewis. Jimmy Lee Swaggart never did save his cousin Jerry Lee, but his congregation and his TV audience never held it against him, and Jerry Lee made a great body of work while staying a step ahead of his eternal reward.
May 3, 2013 1:07 AM CDT
Parenting: you're doing it right, apparently, somehow. It worked out, anyway. Occasionally, the greatest contribution a person is capable of making is to give others something worth fighting against.
May 2, 2013 11:52 PM CDT
Keep in mind that this article came from the Sun, and their stuff is very questionable. But like most pop musicians, Katy Perry's outlook is very liberal. In today's world, you won't get very far unless you embrace the whole cultural thing. The dad is on the far opposite end of the spectrum, an evangelical. If he was more moderate in his beliefs, like maybe presbyterian, methodist, episcopalian or lutheran, he wouldn't have much of a problem with her work . . he would be more accepting. The pentecostal evangelicals are very anal and narrow minded. There are a bunch of You Tube videos that try to prove she's into the occult. They aren't very convincing.