Katy Perry versus the nuns: It was all over mainstream media for days.
And who could blame them? What a great story hook! Laughable, readable, and best of all, clickable!
Um, yeah, we can still blame them, for reporting a story that ain't so.
We'll start with the real story -- which the media did report when they weren't getting all tabloid on us.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary lived for decades in a convent on eight acres in Hollywood's trendy Los Feliz neighborhood. The aging sisters have dwindled to five, and they agreed to sell the place to restaurateur Dana Hollister. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles signed with Perry, even though her price was $14.5 million, or $1 million less than the sisters got from Hollister.
Perry tried to win over the sisters with a personal visit. They say she dressed conservatively and sang O Happy Day. Didn't win them over, said Sister Rita Callanan, who added, "Our days have not been happy since then."
A court date is set for July 9, and even the Vatican may be asked to decide who gets the convent.
Nuns defy archbishop -- now, that's an attention-getter in itself. But throw a rock star into the story -- especially one who has turned out blockbusters like Roar and Firework -- and mainstream media can't resist making it about her.
* "When does a real estate deal get wacky?" asks KABC in Los Angeles, then answers: "When the property is an aging convent with panoramic views in Los Feliz and the surviving nuns say they don't want to sell it to pop diva Katy Perry."
* "Perry Como, yes; Katy Perry, no," Steve Lopez snickers in his otherwise well-researched, much-cited column in the Los Angeles Times. "Say a prayer that Hollister and Perry don't end up wrestling on the steps of the convent."