Last week, Katy Perry made a comment on Twitter about the classlessness of “using blasphemy as entertainment.” Everyone thought that was a pointed comment to Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video, which was released the day before. She was asked about her problems with Lady Gaga while promoting her new album, and she was quick to deny her comment had anything to do with Gaga, saying it was “more of a non-specific, general thing.” Though she did admit that if the blasphemy comment was directed at anyone specifically, it would be Russell Brand:
“The other day he was yelling out the window. He said something a bit off color, kind of blasphemous about the Lord Jesus Christ, and I smacked him for it.”
Ok, let’s stop right there. If she actually smacked her boyfriend, that’s clearly an issue. If the person you’re going to marry has such differing religious views than you that you feel the need to smack him when the subject comes up, go ahead and take some time to reevaluate your choices. Even if the smacking part was just a joke, she referred to Jesus as “the Lord Jesus Christ,” which also makes me uneasy. Maybe it’s just where I live, but the people who say “the Lord Jesus Christ” are also the people who try to take you down the river for a baptism (which I’m not convinced wouldn’t result in drowning) and who tell you all the horrors that will face you at the hands of Satan should you continue with your heathen ways. There’s only one popular dude named “Jesus,” we all know who you’re talking about.
After talking about her future husband’s blasphemy, she also said
“It’s just kind of deeply rooted inside of me, and hard to get away from. But everybody knows I am a massive Lady Gaga fan. If you look through my tweets, there will be about 10 of them that say that I am obsessed with her.”
In another interview that took place last weekend, Katy went on about blasphemy:
“Lately, I’ve just been seeing some things that are kind of…not something I would do, I guess. Like, you know when Madonna was on the cross? And, like, sometimes my boyfriend will say things that are ehhh… From where I come from, it’s hard for me to say that…”
And she also addressed the comments that her statements on religion are hypocritical:
“[People say] I’m a very hypocritical person, ‘How do you say that and [sing] ‘I Kissed a Girl’? Spirituality and sexuality are two separate things. When you decide to put it into the same subject, it gets interesting for some people.”
While I think Katy Perry is generally adorable, and her songs have definitely helped to break some barriers (one of my friends came out after “I Kissed a Girl” became a hit), all this blasphemy talk concerns me. It sounds a little bit like she’s slipping back to her roots as a Christian singer. Don’t go toward the light, Katy!