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    Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:33:39

    Catholic League Blasts Nicki Minaj for Strange Grammy Performance - It featured an exorcism on stage

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    Pink-loving rapper Nicki Minaj turned in a bizarre, exorcism-themed performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday, and it has incited the ire of the Catholic League, which has condemned the singer for her use of vulgar, sexual content which involved religious imagery.

    Minaj premiered the new song "Roman Holiday" on stages at Los Angeles' Staples Center, surrounded by dancing choir boys and a man dressed like a priest.

    The perf featured the exorcism of Minaj's alter-ego, Roman, and that was enough to send Bill Donahue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, into a tizzy.

    He posted on the League's official website, 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. Finally, 'Come All Ye Faithful' was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating."

    He also blames the powers-that-be at the Grammys, saying, "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."

    Team Nicki Minaj for freedom of artistic expression or Team Catholic League and their conservative values?

    —Katie Sheehan
    02.15.12



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