Although Lady Gaga is usually the one known for pushing the boundaries of creativity, Nicki Minaj took things a step further at the Grammy Awards last night after performing her new single, “Roman Holiday,” in a display filled with religious undertones. Aside from the fake confessional booth, the performance also involved an odd homage to the film The Exorcist and watching Minaj’s limp body levitate above a demonic choir singing “Come All Ye Faithful”. Sounds pretty controversial, right? In fact, when you watch the performance you can almost hear all the religious groups crying out for justice — which is exactly what’s happened (as we all knew it would).
The anti-defamation group, The Catholic League, has famously opposed films like The Passion of Christ and The Golden Compass, and now, they’re claiming that Nicki Minaj’s performance was both vulgar and meant to blatantly make fun of the Catholic religion. However, the group isn’t just going after Minaj herself — they’re pointing the blame at the Recording Academy as well for allowing such a performance to take place on the highly-watched awards show. Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, wrote about the group’s concerns in an article on their official website, which reads: “It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-a-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry.” (It probably didn’t help that Minaj was also escorted down the red carpet by a fake Pope before the show even started).
The religious group also didn’t appreciate the sexually explicit choreography during the majority of the performance. Donohue makes note of this by writing, “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.” This is not exactly the kind of attention the Catholic church wants to be receiving. Undoubtedly, they’re expecting an apology of sorts from both Minaj and the Recording Academy, but will they get one?
What do you think? Did Minaj’s creative ambitions go a little too far this time or is it all just being blown out of proportion? And in case you missed it, check out the video of the controvercial performance below.
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