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Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance has the Catholic League up in arms of her rendition of an exorcism.
According to E! Online, Minaj, who walked the red carpet clad in a Versace red-hooded cape, walking arm-in-arm with her escort dressed as a pope, is under fire for her “Roman Holiday” performance. The performance was complete with choir boys, a priest, an exorcism, a confessional, holy water and Minaj topping it off with levitation. E! Online calls it, “Everything you need for a good old fashion controversy.”
The League's president, Bill Donahue, expresses his displeasure on the Catholic League website. He questions, “Is Nicki Minaj possessed?” Adding, "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."
Donahue continues in his fit of rage, stating, “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."
Not only is Donahue upset at Minaj, reports E! Online, but he insists the lack of courtesy behind the Recording Academy is to blame as well. "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."
Minaj, on the other hand, is pleased with her performance as expressed to Ryan Seacrest on his show. Minaj expresses that this is an “alter ego,” which she has created for a movie she is writing. She claims to have had a “vision” for this alter ego, named Roman.
She explains, “I had this vision for Roman, for him to be exorcised, but people around him telling him he's not good enough, that he's not normal, he's not fitting in with the average Joe. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and confident, but he's never going to be exorcised and when they throw the holy water on him, he rises above it."
Minaj calls this performance Roman’s “Coming out party.” If you missed it, be sure to check out the video below.