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Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Jessica Simpson! Christian Girls Gone Wild!

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What is it about being raised with religion that turns girls into freaks? Remember in Boyz N The Hood when Brandi tells Tre she won’t sleep with him before marriage because she’s Catholic, to which he responds, “But Catholic girls are supposed to be some of the biggest hoochies!” While Tre’s definition of a “hoochie” might be argued, his stance makes sense when looking at female pop stars who’ve found expression and sexual liberation from very strict religious upbringings. Three of the most obvious good girls gone bad in music are definitely winning from their rebellion, but at what cost?

KATY PERRY

“When my daughter came out and sang that song, ‘I kissed a girl, and I liked it.’ I said, ‘My ministry is over.’” So says Perry’s father, Keith Hudson, a “prophet/evangelist” for the Life Christian Church based just north of San Diego, CA. Hudson and his wife Mary raised Katy with no television, her only entertainment being the Bible and gospel music. Mary, for her part, has also been very vocal when it comes to Katy’s breakout hit. “We cannot cut her out of our lives as she is our child,” she once said. “But she knows we disagree strongly with what she is doing and the message she is promoting regarding homosexuality, which the Bible clearly states is a sin.” Katy’s uninhibited adult persona is seen via the 26-year-old’s sexually-charged lyrics, revealing costumes and marriage to wild boy Russell Brand, but she’s managed not to alienate her parents too much; they travel around the world with her to this day. When asked about her departure from representing Christianity, she has an interesting opinion on why her music isn’t as bad as say, Gaga’s. “I am sensitive to Russell taking the Lord’s name in vain, and to Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth,” she told Rolling Stone last year. “Yes, I said I kissed a girl. But I didn’t say I kissed a girl while fucking a crucifix.” And when Gaga’s “Alejandro” video was released, Perry also famously tweeted: “Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.” But posing topless with crosses (as seen above) is perfectly okay though, right Katy?

LADY GAGA

She’s Madonna’s heir apparent in too many ways to count, but their most glaring similarity may be that of being a young Italian-American female rebelling against their Roman Catholic upbringing. As with many Catholics, Gaga, 25, is honest in her frustration with many of the church’s tenets. She once told Larry King, “I believe in Jesus, I believe in God, I’m very spiritual, I pray. At the same time there isn’t one religion that doesn’t hate or speak against or be prejudiced against another racial group or religious group or sexual group. I guess you could say I’m a very religious woman who is confused about religion.” But critics have said while Madonna provoked real ire from the church for her 1989 “Like A Prayer” video (she danced in front of a burning cross, amongst other things) and invited Pope Benedict XVI to watch her be crucified on stage during a 2006 Rome tour stop, Gaga’s attempts to do the same have failed (Salon says Gaga’s “Judas” video was “ultimately too confusing to upset anyone”). Can’t say the girl isn’t trying though; the “Alejandro” video saw her swallowing rosary beads in a latex-version of a nun’s habit, holding a crucifix in front of her crotch and simulating group sex with a bunch of almost naked, beefed-up men. Her support of gay rights in unwavering; she calls the LGBT community “revolutionaries of love” and promotes “full equality now” for same-sex couples from churches and governments worldwide.

JESSICA SIMPSON

While she’s definitely the tamest of the bunch, Jessica Simpson has enjoyed her fair share of controversy. Things definitely started off right for the Baptist-raised pop star: she was signed to a gospel label early in her career, performed on the Christian youth conference circuit and remained a virgin till she married Nick Lachey (her father, preacher Joe Simpson, even gave her a purity ring when she was 12). Originally wanting to pursue a career as a gospel artist, Jessica was reportedly knocked back by Christian record labels due to her shapely frame at a young age. “They said it could cause guys to lust,” she once explained. “I didn’t understand why they were passing judgment on me, especially since I walked in in overalls, nothing revealing.” Her move to pop music proved lucrative, but things definitely got a little weird at times. Like when Papa Joe told GQ magazine, “Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!” (Joe also apparently “saved” other daughter Ashlee from playing a lesbian in a film role). And when Jessica covered Nancy Sinatra‘s hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” for the Dukes of Hazzard soundtrack, the video (where she wore teeny-tiny Daisy Dukes while flirting in a bar, plus writhed in a revealing pink bikini all over a car) was banned in a number of countries for its overtly sexual content. She also received criticism from Christian groups to which she responded, “It didn’t really surprise me because I grew up with a lot of that backlash. That’s why I didn’t end up going into the Christian music industry. I think that if they’re really good Christians the judgment wouldn’t be there.”

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