Singer Katy Perry finds herself under attack from the left for being a good daughter. Her father and brother have started a line of t-shirts and Katy made the mistake of promoting one on her social media accounts. The response was swift and surly.
Katy is a liberal activist and her father is a conservative evangelical Christian pastor who is reported to be a Trump voter. So, you see the problem. She gave a plug to her father’s t-shirt venture and left it as a straight sales pitch, no political commentary. The woke crowd was left disappointed that Katy didn’t at least virtue signal about unity and kumbaya now that a Democrat has been elected president.
Perry’s leftist political cred is established. She was a big Hillary Clinton supporter and even did campaign rallies with her to bring in crowds. She performed at the 2016 Democrat National Convention. In the 2020 race, she endorsed Joe Biden. She did a little video when she went to cast her mail-in ballot, as many celebrities did this year. She participates in Planned Parenthood ad campaigns, too. No one thinks she is suddenly a Republican voter. Yet, that isn’t enough for the perpetually outraged on social media, their appetite for angry tweets is insatiable. It wasn’t enough that she clearly began her tweet by saying that she and her father don’t see eye to eye on politics.
The t-shirt has a message – we are Americans first before members of political parties. Somehow that is perceived as a hostile message to the victim class. Mr. Hudson, Katy’s father, says the shirt was created because he is “sick of the division” in America and thinks others are, too. He notes that politics create divisions in families. You may remember that immediately following the 2020 election Katy Perry created a stir by announcing that she texted family members that she knew voted differently than she did and offered an olive branch in hopes of moving past the election.
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. ♥️
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 8, 2020
On Friday, November 27, she posted a video from her father, Keith Hudson, talking about his new company to Twitter and Instagram. Perry posted the video with the message, “We haven’t always seen [eye] to [eye] but I’m proud of my dad n bro for coming up with this! Head to @NothingButUSA store for the vibes.”
In the video, Mr. Hudson asks the viewer (rhetorically) if they are “sick of the division” in our country and “losing family” because of disagreements over political views. He says that no matter another person’s religion or beliefs, he will consider them his friend and fellow American, and designed the t-shirt he is wearing to send that message. In the video, he wears a shirt where boxes for donkey (Democrat) and elephant (Republican) are left blank, but the box for the American flag is ticked. The other design available on the website reads “Not A Republican, Not A Democrat, I Am An American.”
As you can see, this isn’t any kind of professional promotion. Mr. Hudson is standing in his own t-shirt and speaking directly to a camera. Katy doesn’t appear in the video with him. I can’t help but think this is a favor she did for her dad and brother in the spirit of that olive branch. Katy Perry has 109M followers on Twitter. She has 108M followers on Instagram. That’s more followers than President Trump has and everyone always talks about his reach on social media. So, it wouldn’t be unusual for Mr. Hudson to want to tap into his daughter’s very big platform, right?
The t-shirt isn’t particularly attractive or noteworthy in design. It’s pretty basic. The message is good for those wanting to work on the divided American public but for people who follow politics, there is little appetite for unity right now. It doesn’t seem like non-political people would be interested in this kind of t-shirt. In 2020, a t-shirt with a check next to the American flag produces anger.
When people don't think you should exist because you're LGBTQ+, Black, Muslim… it isn't a difference of opinion, Katy. When they vote for the white supremacists they be white supremacists. It's really not that hard, Katy.
— D Colin York❌ (@DColinYork) November 28, 2020
She shouldn’t even love her conservative parents, you see.
you need to realize it is YOUR PRIVILEGE being able to speak to your family even if they are republicans or conservatives. most of us feel threatened by those people so thats why you need to stop to spread the "love your conservative parents" propaganda.
— aespa rainhas do pop (@teenagedrearn) November 27, 2020
Republicans are just bad, in general. Democrats are morally superior, or something.
Republicans kidnapped children, abandoned our allies, helped kill 10s of thousands by politicizing a pandemic & attending Trump rallies, are currently lying about the results of an election and spent 4 yrs wallowing in racism, misogyny & corruption
Put that on a t-shirt please
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) November 27, 2020
Katy Perry recently had her first baby. She performed at the American Music Awards on November 22 and dedicated the performance to her father.
A jewelry designer didn’t just express his disapproval of her post on Instagram, he demanded that she take the video down. Not quite a delete your account message but one of deleting her post.
But fans see this latest post as more than just a daughter reaching out to her dad. Amid the many comments on Instagram asking Perry to delete the video, jewelry designer Markus Molinary wrote a statement summarizing why Perry’s message of love and tolerance is inconsistent with a video about making nice with the Republican party.
“I’m sorry, I LOVE YOU but this is a HUGE NO for me! It’s not a political issue. It’s “straight” up a human rights issue,” Molinary wrote. “The Trump Administration’s decision to reverse the Obama-era rule that encompasses gender identity in the sex definition of the Affordable Care Act is an act of discrimination and purposeful inequality. This is about human respect, and right now we need to take a good look at ourselves and ask who we are becoming if we are justifying or advocating against the barest rights imaginable…It’s NOT right to just cover it up with a T-Shirt.”
So much for a simple message of unity these days. And, as usual, the left demands that messages they don’t like to be removed. There is room for only one way of thinking among the woke.