Open Thread: Bill Donohue vs. Nicki MinajPosted: February 13, 2012
I’m not really current with the pop music scene. I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards last night, and I didn’t watch the Superbowl halftime show either. But Bill Donohue of the Catholic League was watching both, and he is not amused. He wants to know, “Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?” Here’s Donohue’s description of the offending performance:
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.
Donohue says that in approving this performance, the Recording Academy insulted Catholicism in a way they never would Judaism or Islam. Then he throws in a gratuitous attack on President Obama:
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.
“Fight for their rights?” Give me a break. I think I’ve heard quite enough about the Catholic Church’s “rights” for the past couple of weeks. Screw you, Bill. So far Judaism and Islam haven’t tried to force me to conform to their religious beliefs. When they do, I’m sure some pop artist will satirize them too.
You can watch Nicki Minaj’s performance here. I checked out last night’s Grammy’s live blog, and it seems Wonk the Vote liked it. That’s good enough for me.