“Rejection is God’s protection.”
Those are surprising words coming from the mouth of Katy Perry.
Initially, I had intended to write a commentary about Miss Perry’s latest Rolling Stone interview. But the article felt a bit lackluster and surprisingly, tasteless. I guess I shouldn’t have expected much considering the text was plastered between several images of Katy in lingerie (in classic Rolling Stone style). Despite the cover image, I still held hope that I would find some deep understanding on the pages of Rolling Stone. A glimpse into the life of one of America’s favorite pop stars. An understanding of how a pastor’s daughter could turn into a whipped cream wielding performer.
Sadly, I got little more than F words and a few sketchy quotes.
Until this morning, that is.
During an interview with KDWB’s Dave Ryan, Katy discussed the record labels that had originally signed her and dropped her. She mentioned the hardship of the rejection and how she felt like it had all happened for a reason. In the midst of that discussion, she dropped what I consider to be her most profound comment, “Rejection is God’s protection.”
Those four simple words hit me. They sounded strange, yet enlightening coming from her mouth.
The woman who seemed so foul in a magazine article, suddenly seemed incredibly genuine and relatable. The woman in Rolling Stone was so different than the woman on KDWB. That got me thinking. Who is the real Katy Perry? How much of Katy Perry is a PR creation? A means to sell records and concert tickets? More than that, how much of the public Katy Perry is really a means of protecting the private Katy Perry, the girl who was actually born as Katy Hudson?
I don’t have any solid answers to those questions, just a sudden realization that the world wants its celebrities to be a certain way, record labels want to sell records, and famous people want fame, while retaining some privacy. All of those seem like the perfect ingredients for the creation of a false persona that the public will gobble up. A concept I disagree with, but one that seems to be a reality of our world.
So the question remains, who is Katy Perry?
The only answer I have, is human. The Rolling Stone article proved she desires to be noticed and affirmed. She wants to be known. She claims to not care what others think, yet is afraid to walk out in public without makeup on. She has been shown Jesus, but doesn’t appear to know for sure if she wants to trust Him with absolutely everything in her life.
She sounds pretty human to me.
That humanity makes it easy to judge her. Something I’m prone to do. But to be honest, she sounds a lot like me. The only thing that sets us apart is the gift of grace. And for that, I can take no credit.