Katy Perry is taking heat from fans following her father’s latest patriotic apparel venture that encourages people to identify as Americans, rather than political parties.
The “Daises” singer posted a low budget advertisement featuring her father wearing a T-Shirt with three options and corresponding boxes; Republican, Democrat or American flag. A check mark sits next to the flag. “Are you tired of the division that is destroying our country? Are you sick of losing your family and friends because they just don’t agree with your political views?” Perry’s father, Keith Hudson, asks the camera.
“Well, I am, and I know there’s a lot of people out there that have the same feeling in the same way,” he continues, with images of American flags, large crowds, and polished families cycling on the screen. “No matter what you believe, at the end of the day we’re all Americans and I designed this T-shirt because I want people to know that, even though you may have a different religion or political view than I do, I still will be there for you and I’ll still consider you my friend, my neighbor and my fellow American.”
Hudson leads viewers to his website where other pieces of apparel are available to purchase. Despite his message of unity, fans got after Katy on Twitter for the decision to promote her father’s business. Many interpreted the message to be partisan:
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It’s difficult to interpret the relationship between Katy and her father, who is an evangelical Christian pastor. Back in 2013, The Sun released footage of Hudson preaching calling his daughter a “Devil child.” He also made reference to one of Perry’s 2008 hits. “They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl?” he asked.
A day after Joe Biden was named projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, Katy encouraged followers to contact family members who didn’t agree with them. “The first thing I did when the presidency was called is text and call my family members who do not agree and tell them I love them and am here for them.
#FamilyFirst. Call your family today. Happy Sunday. ♥️,” she tweeted.