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Sufjan Stevens is having as hard a time as the rest of us figuring out what he thinks of Katy Perry’s current era. (Pot, kettle, etc.?)

Over on his official, Tumblr-hosted site, he’s written a post that starts as such:

“Your words are like Chinese water torture…”

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LORD JESUS HAVE MERCY.

Sounds derisive, but we’re not so sure, examining the whole thing. Sufjan, a 41-year-old Michigan native and observant Christian, draws a kind of opaque parallel between himself and the 32-year-old woman who dropped her nonsecular Katy Hudson debut as a 16-year-old; songs included “Faith Won’t Fail” and “Trust in Me.”

Figure out what you make of Stevens’ post; we’re fond of that closing line (or is it a tag?)—ALL RESPECT ALL CAPS: 

Throw it way back with Fuse's 2008 Katy Perry interview: