Katy Perry’s New Movie: ‘Part of Me’ thinks she’s a Christian

Katy Perry is nothing if not controversial. With lyrics like, “I kissed a girl and I liked it,” or “Let me see your Peacock, cock, cock, cock” it is no wonder that my small town theatre located smack dab in the center of the Bible Belt was filled with the stench of spiritual condemnation drifting in from movie goers down the hall who raise their eyebrows and their noses to shady Katy and all her devilish schemes. So I did what any good Christian parent would do, I took my two daughters to see this movie slash documentary called, ‘Part of Me.’

The movie begins one week before the beginning of a one-year-long tour in 2011, the same year that Katy divorced husband Russell Brand. The entire movie is a documentary from beginning to end of this tour revealing everything from stage preparation to costume changes, stopping periodically between concert performances to flash back to a scene from Katy’s childhood, an interview with her friends and family, or a video diary exposing what life was like for Perry before she became an international icon.

Television, Lucky Charms, and fairy tales were banned in the Perry home. All were considered ‘of the devil’ by her parents who made their living as traveling ministers for the Pentecostal church. A class-clown, center-of-attention, drama-queen, Katy struggled to be the free-spirited girl she was in a strict authoritarian home. At 18 she moved to Las Angeles where she did the opposite of everything her parents taught her, discovering for herself the difference between good and evil. Nothing was off limits.

Her songs read like a teenage girl’s diary because most of them are; lines from the diary of Katy Perry herself, who in her twenties is experiencing all of the things most of us did during adolescence. One can’t help but think of the tragic similarities between Katy’s suspended adolescence and Michael Jackson’s irrecoverable childhood that he spent most of his adult life trying to recreate. Rebellious, foolish, emotional, and irrational, are the anthem cries of teenagers everywhere who like Perry are just trying to figure out who they are before what was considered typical for teenagers is considered terrible for adults.

Katy Perry is as evil as a box of Lucky Charms. While silly and lacking much nutritional value, it’s packed full of enough sugary sweetness to make you smile at a time of day that truly is evil, the crack of dawn. The movie will have you singing about fireworks and aliens the whole way home, but the one thing that isn’t foreign is the idea that not every child thrives under the same parenting style. Katy had two siblings who turned out to be the good Christian disciples her parents were trying to raise. Unlike Katy, their personalities responded better to the authoritarian parenting style the Perries imposed.

As I sat next to our oldest child during the movie, a teenager herself, I was transported nine years back to the day we adopted her. At 6 years old she was (and still is) a bubbly, free-spirited, extroverted, show-me-the-line-so-I-can-step-over-it kind of girl who walked into the lives of a down-to-earth, self-controlled, tell-me-the-rules-so-I-can-follow-them kind of couple. I am still trekking through the wilderness of parenthood and always will be, but one thing I learned early on is the importance of adjusting your parenting style according to your individual children. One child hates time-outs and another loves the time alone. Our children have different needs and it is our job as parents to meet those needs whatever they may be. As if parenting wasn’t hard enough right? But in the end it is worth it for those who answer God’s call to ‘train a child in the way he (or she) should go and when he is old he will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6).” Train, don’t force. Listen, don’t lecture. Discipline, don’t punish.

As for Katy Perry, not all hope is lost. She still professes to have a relationship with God despite the apparent differences in scriptural interpretation between her and her parents. With each new stage in her life comes a new song even better than the last that reveals a heart slowly developing into the woman God designed her to be. Below are the lyrics to one of her latest songs, written in the wake of her divorce to a not-so-spiritual Russell Brand. I have bolded the phrases that give tribute to her spiritual upbringing and reveal an ever transforming Katy:

"Wide Awake"

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart
I'm wide awake
How did I read the stars so wrong?
I'm wide awake
And now it's clear to me
That everything you see
Ain't always what it seems
I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud 9
Crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud 9

I'm wide awake
Not losing any sleep
I picked up every piece
And landed on my feet
I'm wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself, no

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I am born again
Outta the lion's den
I don't have to pretend
And it's too late
The story's over now, the end


[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud 9 (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud 9

I'm wide awake
Thunder rumbling
Castles crumbling
I'm wide awake
I am trying to hold on
I'm wide awake
God knows that I tried
Seeing the bright side
I'm wide awake
But I'm not blind anymore...


I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

[Chorus]
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud 9 (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
You know I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud 9

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

I love Katy. I didn't used to. I have grown to understand her better in the past couple of years. The song "Pearl" should be the anthem of every emotionally abused person.

I love your tie-in with parenting. Very nice thoughts here.

I saw the movie and I liked it. ;) Thanks for the great Hub! Voted UP.


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Christy Stewart 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you heavenleigh. I love her too. So many people (especially Christians) demonize her due to scantily clad outfits, sensational lyrics, and choice of comidically crude husband. Katy Perry is a gifted musician who has offered the world so much, can't we offer her a little grace?


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Grace. Yes. Such a wonderful thing as people are growing and evolving. :) Seems to be least given by those who preach it most. I am so happy that you extend beautiful grace and see beyond superficial things - into her heart. :)


Lou 4 years ago

Great blog! I'm you biggest fan!

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