Catholic League Speaks Out Against Nicki Minaj’s Grammy Performance

Nicki Minaj showed up at last night’s Grammys, wearing an outfit that can only be described as ridiculous, with a Pope look-a-like on her arm and then proceeded to have an faux “exorcism” performed on stage. All of that was way to much for the Catholic League which is now speaking out against Minaj and her odd performance.

League president Bill Donohue issued the following statement:

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.

Do you think the Catholic League has a right to be upset?

    • Angie

      When you lack in talent you need to retort to ship sensationalism. Yes, Grammys is a big event but allowing non-class acts like this will only diminish the quality of what is supposed to be a musical entertaining event in lieu of an insulting venue.