August 4th, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Katy Perry: Sex and spirituality don't mix

Katy Perry recently criticized Lady Gaga for the religious imagery in her controversial “Alejandro” video, and in the new issue of Rolling Stone, she hasn’t changed her tune.

The 25-year-old “California Gurls” singer, whose parents are ministers, launched what seemed like an attack on Gaga in June. Perry tweeted that the “Alejandro” video – in which Gaga, 24, appears dressed as a nun and swallows a rosary – was both blasphemous and “cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.”

And Perry, who is engaged to equally outrageous British comic Russell Brand, 35, isn’t apologizing for her Twitcism.

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  1. Bheqou

    I just got a ton of crafty Christmas tmehed goodies from my step mom and can't wait to use them this will be perfect inspiration! just a few more days!I love LOVE Christmas! there are so many reasons it's my favorites, but my favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve, after dinner, hubby and I take the kids (already in their Christmas pj's) to this park a few towns over they have the ENTIRE park lit up in Christmas lights! every year they add more it's gorgeous and we love it!

    October 8, 2012 at 4:44 am |
  2. Cinsel Bilgiler

    Very nice post. Thank you for sharing

    September 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  3. ybs

    Did she say something intelligent? 🙂

    August 9, 2010 at 3:18 am |
  4. Joy

    I'll bet her parents would be so proud. NOT!

    August 8, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  5. Carson

    Most of Katy's act and the things that she says are far more compromising and offensive than second hand religious shock imagery of Gaga, which Madonna and many others before madonna had being trading on for years. So yes, her brand of religion is psychopathic and hypocritical. Katy's media strategy is to disparage other people's right to freedom of speech, or her peers on their style choices on Monday. On Tuesday she claims she never said any such thing. On Wednesday she does very thing on Monday she said was wrong. And on Thursday she returns to criticizing her peers once again and seems to have an answer for why what she did on Wednesday is an exception. This is the cycle. It keeps her in the headlines, but it is purposely disorienting for her fans

    August 6, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  6. AV Dave

    I think it's sad that many young people will view Katy Perry as some sort of moral compass, when in fact, she's totally wrong. Sexuality and spirituality are the same thing. In her mind it seems that separating the two helps her sleep better at night.

    August 6, 2010 at 12:36 am |
  7. Eric

    She may think sex and spirituality don't mix, perhaps she's never heard of tantric sex, but she must believe sex and advertising do. Keep this celebrity c r a p out of news sections.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  8. Michael

    I am sure Russell Brand sees God every time those bra and panties come off Katy.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Carson

      And a little boy's body as well.

      August 6, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  9. Reality

    Warning Label and/or a MSDS for any topic on S-ex including G-ay S-ex: (dashes added because of the prudish moderators):

    from the CDC-2006

    "S-exually transmitted diseases (S-TDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psychological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs associated with S-TDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    August 5, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  10. GetReal

    Sex and spirituality don't mix? Are you kidding? The use of sexual symbolism to express religious ideation is a common feature of human religious belief and practice through out history. The use of sexual satire to attack religious beliefs by artists and social and political critics is also a common feature of western civilization going back many hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Katy, do yourself a favor, get an education before you publicly embarrass yourself any further with your ill informed statements.
    Oh, and sweetie, put some clothes on, Jesus is watching and he is not amused.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  11. JJ

    Hey CNN. This belongs in the Music news NOT the belief blog.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:56 am |
    • Eric

      Agreed!!!!! Keep the BS entertainment stuff out of news.

      August 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  12. TheRadicalLiberal

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation."

    That means my comment is not going to appear. Any reason why not?

    August 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  13. montyross

    she left the faith and now sings music of the world aka the devils music, satan told jesus that if he would worship him he would give him the world which of course jesus didnt

    August 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
    • Sukumar

      My favorite thing about the holyiads are the traditions that have evolved over the years like going to Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, to see their massive holiday displays, traveling to see relatives near and far, and the anticipation of it all.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  14. Luke

    Wait wait wait – she said all of that and appeared mostly naked on the cover of Rolling Stone? And people wonder why people such as myself continue to hammere away at the hypocrisy of religion. If you can't even get your own life consistent, what makes you think we'll take you seriously when you preach? In any event, a clear attempt to sell records by Ms. Perry and a sad sad attempt to do so.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • FishtownYo

      I think religious people are completely misguided as well, but why can't they pose in their underwear? I don't remember reading an 11th commandment stating thou shall not pose in the nude/underwear. To each their own as long as it doesn't interfere with my life.

      August 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
    • Luke

      FishtownYo – They can pose in their underwear. But if I am reading this correctly, she is speaking about how sex and spirituality don't mix. Did I misunderstand something during my first read through? High possibility.

      August 5, 2010 at 6:59 am |
    • HettyGreen

      Part of religious tolerance involves accommodating freedom to constructively judge religion, and even if those critiques are too sophisticated for Katy Perry to comprehend, they simply do not constitute blasphemy. Perry maintains one day that she hates religion and sex "mixing in entertainment" and the the next day sucks on a cross while posing nearly nude. "Blasphemy" is more like tattooing Jesus on your hand as she does and holding that as some sort of talisman to ward off the fact that you're not staying true to your values.

      August 6, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  15. Gary

    I cant quit staring @ her picture.. I am embarrased to stand up and walk away from my cubicle........lets see. woopie goldberg,rosanne Bar, rosie odonnel ....now thats better...

    August 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  16. Gary

    okay there is a God. Katy looks great in her undies

    August 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • Jack

      What small potatoes she has. Christina Hendricks is much more womanly. Bad photoshop on the torso too. On her way to has been status.

      August 6, 2010 at 11:26 am |
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