Washington: Katy Perry’s father Keith Hudson has apologised for making anti-Semitic comments in a religious service led by him in Ohio.
Two organizations that promote the fight against anti-Semitism said that Hudson, who is an evangelical minister made reference to stereotypes about Jewish people during the service in Westlake.
“You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey,” ABC News quoted Hudson as telling the worshippers.
“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.
“You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah! Amen,” he said.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center both denounced the comments.
“If you take out ‘L.A.’ from his rant, most people would guess that Hitler or Goebbels was speaking,” founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said.
Hudson has since apologized for what he calls “hurtful and ugly language.”
Hudson issued a statement on the ADL website saying, “I used images about Jews rooted in the worst anti-Semitism in the past, images that at times led to the persecution and murder of Jews.
“I can’t tell you where I picked up phrases and descriptions that became part of my vocabulary.
“I used them without ever considering what they meant,” the statement read.