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Nicki Minaj made a bunch of Catholic people mad with her Grammy performance. E! Online reports:
The Catholic League wasted no time in condemning the “Roman Holiday” rapper for her exercise in exorcism on the awards show stage—which came complete with choir boys, bishops, holy water, faux possessions, levitation and even a confessional. …The League’s president Bill Donahue wasted no time in pointing out his displeasure with the performance’s undertones (and overtones and everywhere-in-between-tones) this morning, commenting in a posting on the Catholic League’s website entitled “Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?” “Nicki Minaj, fresh off looking like a fool with Madonna at the Super Bowl, showed up last night on the red carpet at the Grammys with a guy dressed like the pope. This was just a prelude of what was to come. “Minaj’s performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choir boys and monks dancing.” But according to Donahue, that was far from the worst of it. “Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.” Donahue was willing to spread the blame around, too. “None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.”
He does have a point: People take aim at Catholics a lot, not because they actually want to offend them, but just because, as we noticed with Madonna and Lady Gaga, it gets them attention. In any case, the only really offensive thing about Nicki Minaj’s performance was how unoriginal, overhyped, and generally shitty it was. Doesn’t the Catholic church have other things to worry about, like hating fags, having a guy wearing gold filigree denounce the commercialism of Christmas, or not funding birth control yet staunchly opposing abortion? Let’s get our priorities straight, guys.