Sometimes controversial remarks have clear malicious intent.
Sometimes they seem to be nothing more then idiotic, coming from a confused or misinformed source.
But sometimes it’s hard to know what the person was thinking, or what the purpose was of the remarks themselves. The father of international music star Katy Perry, Mr. Keith Hudson, seems to fall under that third category, but it really is hard to tell.
Hudson is an Evangelical preacher, and during a recent service, he seemed to lose track of what it means to be a leader of faithful, religious people.
“You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey.”
“You go to LA and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of LA where we live and it is so rich it smells. You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen.”
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement, condemning the remarks:
“Keith Hudson’s unabashedly anti-Semitic remarks to hundreds of worshippers in Ohio about Jews and money are a reminder that the age-old stereotypes are alive and well and continue to bubble up to the surface in many segments of society. We have seen it previously manifested in pop culture and in religious and political spheres”.
They added: “Katy Perry is blameless for her parents’ behavior, and it is unfortunate that her good name is now attached to her father’s words”.
“I’m not anti-Semitic,” Keith explained. “We have lots of Jewish friends. We’ve supported Jewish orphanages…The Hudsons do not mean any harm.”
…he explained that the comments were said in jest and that there was certainly no harm meant by them. “I was joking. I have said this for years – I’ve said it in other churches before,” he continued.
Just before the comments were made, Keith said that he was talking about and praying for small business owners — mainly individuals who were self-employed. “I was talking about how God wants people to prosper and to be a blessing,” he explains. “God wants to bless you so you can be a blessing.”