Washington, D.C. — Thousands of military children and their parents flocked to the kids’ inaugural concert last night at the Washington Convention Center to see singer Katy Perry, known for her hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” and other artists, as Obama staffers are gearing up for the inaugural ball Monday night with the controversial Lady Gaga.
The concert featuring Perry was hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, and was attended by Sasha and Malia Obama, who both donned mini-skirts for the event. Usher, Glee and others performed for the crowd, and while Usher skipped over the sexual parts of one of his songs, reports state that the lyrics still appeared on the monitors.
Perry took the stage in what some considered to be a patriotic swimsuit, which exposed the tops of her breasts. She sang four songs, one of which was accompanied by a slide show of Obama’s first four years in office. “I Kissed a Girl” was not part of her lineup.
“I’m very proud to be here,” Perry said, “and to see the Obamas and the Bidens here for four more years.”
Perry, an evangelical minister’s daughter, was raised in California, and was brought up to avoid secular music and television programs. She began singing as a Contemporary Christian artist at age 15, and released her first national album in 2001. In an interview with CCM (Contemporary Christian Music Magazine), she stated that one her musical influences was Keith Green, who was known to be bold in his lyrical witness for Christ.
However, in 2007, Perry signed with with the secular label Capitol Records, and released her first single, “I Kissed a Girl,” a number one hit that talks about experimentation with lesbianism. With the popularity of Perry’s single brought continued national attention.
Perry’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, who lead Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio, state that they do not agree with all of the choices that their daughter has made in her music career.
In a book proposal by Perry’s mother, which was shopped in 2011, Mary Hudson reportedly outlined a number of concerns to set the record straight about her feelings.
“I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance. Yet she sang out, ‘I kissed a girl, and I liked it,’ while thousands joined her,” she wrote. “One part of my heart soared. . . [but] the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn’t nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh.”
Perry’s father’s comments were a bit different.
“I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical,” Keith Hudson stated. “God has given us a platform to go in and meet people — and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.”
In the meantime, Lady Gaga, who was brought up Roman Catholic in attending the all-girls Convent of the Sacred Heart, and is most known for her pro-homosexual song “Born This Way,” is set to perform for Obama staffers on Monday at the inaugural ball.
“A different lover is not a sin, believe capital H-I-M,” she sings in the song. “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive. … I’m beautiful in my way, ’cause God makes no mistakes.”
Gaga visited the White House in 2011, and while she was praised by staffers, did not meet with the Obamas at that time.
While Gaga, born as Stefani Germanotta, has been widely accepted in America, some Christians in other nations have expressed disapproval of her music, which they believe is blasphemous. As previously reported, Christians in the Philippines took to the streets by the hundreds in May of last year to protest Gaga’s performance in the country, most notably due to her song “Judas,” in which she sings, “I’m in love with Judas. … I’ll bring Him down … A king with no crown. … Jesus is my virtue; Judas is the demon I cling to.”
“It is not only immoral, it is a blasphemy. The Lord Jesus Christ is being maligned here and mocked,” said former Manilla congressman Benny Albante, who is now pastor of Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church.
According to reports, Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives, who serves as inaugural committee co-chair, will also make an appearance at one of the inaugural celebrations, including Chelsea Clinton, actress Viola Davis and Gospel singer Yolanda Adams.