Katy Perry’s Preacher Father: Jews Smell Rich
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Katy Perry’s Preacher Father: Jews Smell Rich

The father of pop star Katy Perry, a preacher at an Ohio church, reportedly ranted against Jews during a sermon.

"You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey," Keith Hudson, 63, said during a recent sermon at the Church on the Rise in Westlake, the Daily Mail reported.

"You go to L.A. and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of L.A. where we live and it is so rich it smells," he was quoted as saying. "You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen."

Perry's mother, Mary Hudson, also is a minister at the church and in the same sermon said she hoped the publicity from her daughter's divorce from comic actor Russell Brand would drive more people to attend the church.

In a statement, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said "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."

In an interview Foxman said Hudson had no prior track record of bigotry. "I never heard of him before this," said Foxman. "And if he was not the father of Katy Perry probably no one would have picked up on it. Are there sermons like that all over the world? Yes. And we only know about it if its related to someone with celebrity status."

However, Foxman said that because of the "communication revolution" people who hear such rhetoric and object are more likely to share it through social media or by recording it.

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