“I think we are largely in desperate need of revolutionary change in the way our mindset is. Our priority is fame, and people’s wellness is way low… not to get all politically divulging and introspective, but the fact that America doesn’t have free health care drives me f***ing absolutely crazy, and is so wrong.”
In 2018, liberal pop singer Katy Perry has successfully used her fame and money to boot a sick, destitute, 80-year-old nun who is battling cancer and diabetes out of her home convent, into a small church facility at the complete mercy of a small stipend from the Royal Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles.
After an epic three year court battle that recently saw one of the two nuns Perry was seeking to evict actually drop dead in the courtroom, Perry seems to have successfully seized ownership rights over the convent the nuns have called home for over 45 years. But don’t worry, while the nuns were caring for the facility as a place of spiritual retreat and redemptive hope, Perry has a great plan for it too:
Independent of who is right or wrong, amid such a complex legal battle, there’s the human cost. Sister Callanan is suffering from cancer and diabetes while multi-millionaire Perry told the nuns that she wants the stunning 22,000ft Mediterranean-inspired property so that she can ‘sip green tea and find herself.’
If she does, I’m not sure she’s going to like what she finds. Not if it’s what the rest of us are seeing in this little spectacle anyway.
Though admittedly I haven’t spent much time researching the details of the legal battle itself, it does appear that Perry’s claim to the property is legitimate. She purchased the sprawling facility belonging to the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Blessed Virgin Mary from the Royal Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $10 million. The nuns claim their decades-long occupancy means it is theirs to sell and that the Archdiocese was wrong to make the sale without their consent.
Again, I don’t know the particulars of real estate law, but it seems on the surface that legally Perry has a strong case for ownership. But that doesn’t mean the reality of what she’s doing should escape criticism. First, consider the optics for this multimillion-dollar celebrity that could purchase virtually any property she wanted, anywhere in the world:
Struggling with ill-health, including breast cancer, Sister Rita Callanan looks into her pantry for scraps of food and sees, yet again, only cereal.
Her bank balance is zero, her healthcare cheque has bounced on more than one occasion and she's not sure who's going to foot the bill for her next round of cancer treatment.
Now 80 years old, she scratches her head in bemusement as to how this has all happened.
And second, consider the hypocrisy required to openly criticize humble and charitable Americans because they oppose government confiscation and redistribution of wealth to fund “free healthcare,” while simultaneously fighting a personal legal battle to toss old and infirmed nuns out of their home and deplete their healthcare funds.
It’s this kind of thing that causes the great contempt many Americans feel towards celebrity culture. It’s not their wealth, it’s not their right to free speech – it’s the glaring hypocrisy that everyone but them seem capable of recognizing.