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Katy Perry: Worse Than Amy Grant

You know how, back in the day, everyone used to get upset when Christian pop stars like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith “crossed over” to mainstream radio in order to build their fan base? Katy Perry made the jump, too, and she’s taking it to new extremes.

Unless you’ve been immersed in “positive, encouraging” music all the live-long day, you’ve probably heard Perry’s hit single. It’s the unofficial song of the summer for 2008, and it’s called “I Kissed a Girl.” (And she liked it.) And that’s pretty much what it’s about. Perry’s hit the big-time since the song released. She’s performing on the Warped Tour and sitting pretty at the top of the Billboard charts.


What you may not know is:

1) Perry’s first album was released in the Christian market. Her name back then — it was 2001 — was Katy Hudson. Russ Breimeier at Christianity Today thought the self-titled album was pretty good. Katy was sixteen at the time, so apparently she had not yet experienced the likableness of girl-kissing and cherry chapstick. Instead, she sang about God.

2) Perry’s father is an evangelical pastor.

3) Perry’s pastor dad and mom are none too pleased about this development in her singing career. “I hate the song,” Mom told a newspaper. “It clearly promotes homosexuality and its message is shameful and disgusting. Katy knows how I feel…The first time I heard it I was in total shock. When it comes on the radio I bow my head and pray.”


Actually, Katy’s song clearly promotes making your boyfriend jealous by experimenting with the other team. It’s not so much advocating homosexuality as an end, but rather as a relationship tool. But don’t fault Mom for this. She hasn’t had time to listen to the full song because she’s been praying.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that it wasn’t so bad when Michael W. Smith left the Christian music scene so he could find his place in this world. It could have been a lot worse. He could have started singing about making out with George Michael. But instead he came back and sold a lot of worship albums and became good friends with George W. Bush.

I think we’ve all learned a valuable lesson today.

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Bryan Allain

posted August 19, 2008 at 7:29 am

call me old-fashioned, but if either of my kids make it big by singing about swapping spit with their buddies, I’ll be none too pleased. The thing I find interesting is that this is totally hitting a vein with where high school kids are right now. One of my best friends is the youth pastor at our church and he’s had to deal with girls in the youth group experimenting with this stuff more in the past 2 years than he’s had to deal with underage drinking.Also, do you think chap-stick has looked at Katy for an endorsement? Or is this too edgy? And is cherry chap-stick now some sort of sign that you’re willing to play for both teams? Not that i carry around chap-stick, but if i did, i think i’d be avoiding the cherry at this point. but hey, thats just me.

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posted August 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I didn’t think she was trying to make her boyfriend jealous. Doesn’t she explicitly say that she hopes he doesn’t mind? I thought she was sincere.

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Jason Boyett

posted August 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I think, Matt, you’re reading the lyrics at a surface level. But if you really dig deeper you’ll see a deep alienation and need for attention on the narrator’s part. To my untrained psychological ear, the frequent mentions of “I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it” tend to suggest that she, in fact, DOES hope he minds. Protesting too much and all that. I think she’s doing it for attention.Then again, she may simply be into it because “us girls we are so magical.”That’s all I have to say about that.

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mark wulf

posted January 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Just a quick comment:
Amy Grant did not use ungodly language in her
secular songs as Katy does?
Besides on Amy’s popular albums, a good bit
of the songwriters professed to be christians
and Amy knew where to dry the line.

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