Sunday, February 12, 2012

Anti-Catholic Bigotry at Grammys

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This photo of Nicki Minaj was taken at the Grammys in 2012.

I have one question: What if she had shown up with a man who painted his face and hands black?

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the media to call this out for the bigotry that it is. 

I really miss the days when people had enough decorum to not disrespect the world religions.  It was called tolerance.  Now, intolerance and bigotry rules, especially when it pertains to anything Catholic.

Update: Bill Donohue of the Catholic League has more:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on what happened last night at the Grammys:
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.

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.

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.

It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-à-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry. The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities.

Contact Barb Dehgan, VP, Communications and Media Relations, The Recording Academy: barbd@grammy.com


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that the so called decency screeners allowed such disrespect towards Christians . I feel sorry for the performers and will pray that peace will replace the hatred they hold in their hearts. Too bad. it's the first time I had watched the show in many years and was truly impressed by the wealth of young talent.

Orchard Ville said...

Yeah... I wouldn't hold my breath for the media to call that woman out either... If anything, the media applaud her for insulting the Catholics. It makes me sad and angry that people are applauded for insulting Christians, particularly the Catholics.

Anonymous said...

im 23 and well i liked minaj until now... grrr

Dave said...

Let's get some clarity with our definitions. This has nothing to do with bigotry. It's mocking and ridiculing the beliefs of a group with nothing further. On the other hand, bigotry requires an act or an attempt to subvert or dominate a group (which Minaj's performance did not do), in the same way that Islamists treat women as second class.

Kevin Hammer said...

Immediately after the sad death of Whitney Houston, news reports said the planners of the Grammys were reviewing the program to reflect Whitney's passing. So, apparently they thought Minaj's performance was still OK?