Former church girl Katie Perry has said in the past she’s not really close with her preacher parents. That’s shaping up to be a good thing.
The popster’s evangelist father, Keith Hudson, is apologizing to the Jewish community after causing an uproar when he used anti-Semitic imagery in a guest sermon last weekend at a Cleveland-area church.
“I deeply regret the hurtful and ugly language I used in my message in Ohio,” the 63-year-old Hudson said in a statement issued 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.”
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Katie’s dad told congregants of the Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio: “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,” he said.
The comment didn’t sit well with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which denounced him on Monday for dredging up old anti-Semitic stereotypes. “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 piled on, adding in a statement that the remarks were “unabashedly anti-Semitic” and calling it “unfortunate that [Katy Perry’s] good name is now attached to her father’s words.”