At the 2012 Grammys, The Recording Academy and CBS permitted a performance by Nicki Minaj which was an offensive assault on Christianity and Catholicism. Minaj showed up at the event wearing a red hooded cape trimmed in beads resembling a rosary, on the arm of a man dressed like the Pope. That was just the beginning.
The prelude to her stage performance was a segment with her scream-singing at a man dressed as a Catholic priest. She then proceeded to her stage performance, which had a stained glass background, choir boys singing “O Come All Ye Faithful,” monks dancing, a taped video mocking exorcism, a man dressed up as a Bishop, and perhaps the worst offense: a female dancer gyrating on a confessional bench with an altar boy “praying” between her legs.
Per the Catholic League: “None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys…Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam [in this way]. It’s bad enough Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-à-vis a hostile administration in Washington [in reference to President Barack Obama’s recent moves to require the Church to go against the first Amendment to the Constitution, and violate their beliefs by being forced to provide contraceptives], without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry.”
This performance was a direct assault on the majority of Americans who consider themselves to be Christians, as well as 77.7 million Catholics, in a country with the fourth largest Catholic population in the world. This is to say nothing of all of those who tuned in to see a tribute to the late great Whitney Houston, to see instead the Grammys making a mockery of church and Christianity, a religion which she held to be sacred.
We demand that CBS and the Recording Academy issue a formal apology to the Catholic Church and Christians nationwide. It is up to the signers of this petition whether they will ever watch the Grammy’s again after this apology is made public. We are both saddened and sickened by this attack on the values and practices which millions hold close to their hearts. There is simply no excuse for publicly berating and desecrating the sacraments of any religion as you did.