Last night’s Grammy Awards were a lot of things to a lot of people, especially The Catholic League. Nicki Minaj’s mock exorcism to the tune of her next single “Roman Holiday” left many bewildered, some disgusted.
However, the Recording Academy appears to be standing behind Minaj…by not taking a stance. “One thing that is always very important to us is that we don’t like to restrict artists’ creative freedom. She came to us with that idea,” Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich told the New York Post. “Often the ideas are ours, but sometimes they’re the acts we work with.” Ehrlich says his response wasn’t emphatic, rather an “OK” at the idea of Nicki exorcising her alter ego Roman Zolanski in front of the 2012 Grammy audience. The performance also included film footage loosely based on the 1973 film The Exorcist.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue was very clear on where he pointed the blame for the Grammy performance debacle. “Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy,” Donohue stated in a press release. “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.”
The Pop world is no stranger to offending the Catholic Church. Minaj’s co-collaborator Madonna offended millions early on in her career with her video for “Like a Prayer,” which condemned the Church and also showed Madonna dancing amidst burning crosses. As for Nicki, all blame goes to Roman Zolanski and this is only the tip of the iceberg. “That’s why I like Roman,” Minaj told MTV News. “People are expecting him to do some real craziness on the next album.”