Katy Perry Offended?

This is a real treat… Katy Perry was offended by Lady Gaga’s “blasphemy” in Gaga’s new video for her hit song Alejandro.

This is funny on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin.

Hmmmmmm. So the question is, is it worse to be completely promiscuous, or to mock religion while being promiscuous? Because Katy Perry is having no problem tramping it up for audiences… because sex still sells. Katy’s new video for California Gurls is still riding number one on iTunes. In much of this video, Katy is lying naked, face down in a cloud, with only a few inches covered here and there. In the video Katy makes a crude gesture imitating oral sex when she says the line, “melt your popsicle” (just like she did in her live performance at the MTV Movie Awards a couple weekends ago). Katy finally ends the video with whipped cream cans on her breasts, squirting whipped cream.

Katy and her video are both so overtly sexual that iTunes even slapped the small “explicit content” label on the video.

Then we have Gaga’s video Alejandro, currently riding at #4 on iTunes, with over 26 million views on YouTube. Gaga’s video is so… well… it’s so Gaga. It has dancers truly simulating sex throughout the latter half of the video. Let me be clear. I’m not just talking about what Miley did with her Can’t be Tamed video, just “dancing seductively” and “intimately with male and female dancers,” as the news media put it. No, Gaga makes Miley’s video look like a Barney episode. Gaga and her dancers are acting like they’re having sex, every position in the book. But she intermixes these images with shots of herself in a nun costume, eating a rosary, then wearing an upside-down cross on her crotch. I understand why, yes, even Katy Perry was offended.

Unfortunately, Katy’s comments give light to what many of our kids probably believe today:

“Like, you know, when Madonna was on a cross? And sometimes my boyfriend will say things that are ‘eh…,’ she said, referring to fiance Russell Brand. “From where I come from,” (both her parents, who are both pastors) “It’s hard for me to say that, because sometimes I’m a very hypocritical person. Everybody’s like, ‘How do you say that and you kissed a girl?’ And I think sometimes, most of the time, you can disagree or agree, spirituality and sexuality are two separate things, and then when you decide to put them into the same subject, it gets interesting for some people.”

All that from the great theologian, Katy Perry.

I won’t even try to interpret her meaning from that pithy little discourse. But it sounds like for Katy, being overtly sexual is okay… but don’t connect that to your spirituality.

Perhaps she should open her Bible and read a little bit of Paul’s writings, because as much as we might like to separate or compartmentalize our own morality (it’s okay if I sin Saturday night, but it’s time to dress up and go to church on Sunday), when we commit sexual sin, we are joining Christ to a prostitute (I Cor 6:15). Like it or not… that’s joining spirituality and sexuality together.

Sorry Katy… it’s all sin. We can sit around and talk all day about who is on which rung of the ladder, whether Gaga is lower than Katy… but the fact is, no one on the ladder can make it to God without Christ. We all need him. I know I do.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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4 Responses to Katy Perry Offended?

  1. Adam Lehman says:

    Dang. Great post.

    And – i think – if we take this theme & truth farther, we can find that we ought to be offended by the sin in our own life. I need to be more regularly disgusted with my attitudes, rather than spending time justifying them.

  2. Patrick says:

    Jon; Well said. Thanks for the expose. It is still little know n that Ms Perry (once Hudson) was a Christian pop star (early/mid-90’s). It really is interesting to see what has happpened (and will) with her.
    I truly don’t know what to make of Gaga ~ there’s nothing ‘lady’ about her. However, it’s the same as always: defaming Christianity is so vogue in media; she would not make it so well if she blasphemed the Moslem faith.
    Thanks again for the write up. Excellent “rebuke” and I look forward ot more 🙂
    For the record…Miley is anything but ‘tame’.

  3. Jon Forrest says:

    Mtv.com has the lady Gaga video as well as videos of “experts” talking about her video,(the quotations are there because the experts are mtv vj rejects) and “stars” talking about her video. (the quotations are there because perez hilton is one of the “stars”). The interesting thing is they say it’s not over the top enough. Perez says it’s about gays in the military. HUH? It’s stupid and gratuitous, and not even original. It’s Madonna’s Like a Prayer, redone. it’s so obviously made to ignite controversy if I were a catholic I wouldn’t waste my time on it.

    I’m not sure there is any such thing as shock value anymore. I honestly think if someone shot himself on stage the fans would be saying, “I hope he’s got something better than that for next time.”

    Katy Perry’s attitude reminds me of what Americans believe about hell. Most of them believe there is one. and when asked who will go there the answer is everyone who is a little worse than I am.

  4. fred says:

    I`m brazillian n i love american culture, but if we think a little we will see that`s something wrong about the movies, videos, etc. Movies shows a lot of violence, killings, videos stimulating sex, etc….
    So i think what`s happening it`s in the bible, they say that U.S. is the bible mistery babylon with Rome Army, egypt magic, Greece knowledge… We saw that these videos will be produced again n again: And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns, and seven heads (G7), and on his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy. 2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads as though it had been smitten unto death; and his death-stroke was healed (Japan Hiroshima n Nagasaki): and the whole earth wondered after the beast; 4and they worshipped the dragon, because he gave his authority unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? And who is able to war with him? (Nato US ..) 5and there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies (US Hollywood Videos like these, porn industry); and there was given to him authority to continue forty and two months. 6And he opened his mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, even them that dwell in the heaven…(US videos movies)… N there`s a part about earthquakes, some earthquakes n an earthquake that was never seen since was men on earth, i think the California big one is to happen soon….