Not to be disrespectful, but you know what doesn't sound like a Teenage Dream, like, at all? Being related in any way to Katy Perry's parents, much less being their daughter.
It's not necessarily that they're hardcore evangelical ministers, or that they're reportedly the reason she asked Russell Brand to file for divorce (even though her mother once said of Brand, "Only God can take the very worst person and turn them around for good"), or even that Perry has said her upbringing was so super-strict she didn't have a childhood.
It's that now that Katy Perry is all over the press for her divorce, her parents are shamelessly milking their celebrity daughter for all that she's worth … all in the name of God.
Keith and Mary Hudson recently hosted two nights of "prophetic services" in a church outside Cleveland, where they loftily informed the crowd they didn't need help from anyone famous to find God. Which is interesting, considering they billed themselves as "Katy Perry's parents" on marketing materials for the event.
Katy's mom also told worshippers that the reason Katy's in the news lately is to send people to church:
I'm sure that Katy's trending on the Internet was to get you here to church tonight.
Uh, let me see if I've got this straight: the reason your daughter is trending right now isn't because she's a bona fide celebrity going through an unfortunate public divorce, but rather this is all part of God's master plan to motivate a few Ohio residents to an evangelical gathering?
For his part, Katy's father said that he attends his daughter's concerts, noting that the other concertgoers are there for the wrong reason:
It was almost like church. (Perry's fans) want to worship and they want to love, they are just worshiping and loving the wrong person.
I wouldn't normally criticize the religious convictions of a couple of total strangers, but it's just that Perry's parents seem so hypocritical. They're undercutting her fame by, among other things, saying that they don't approve of people "worshiping pop idols," and yet they're capitalizing on her name in their own evangelical activities. If they really don't want anything to do with her celebrity status, wouldn't they avoid, say, putting "Katy Perry's parents" on a flyer for a church service?
It's also interesting that at the end of the first night of "prophetic services," the Hudsons gave away samples of Katy's perfume. I guess they approve of loving a fragrance that builds with the aroma of peach nectar and forbidden apple, evolves with a distinct floral bouquet of jasmine blossom, Bulgarian rose and vanilla orchid, and slowly reveals accents of creamy sandalwood and musk.
What's your take on this? Should Katy Perry's parents stop using her name, or are they just supporting their daughter in their own way?
Image via KatyPerry.com