The Word: Nicki Minaj versus the Catholic church

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By aiming to prove to the world that she’s not just Lil’ Kim reincarnated, Nicki Minaj tried to make her mark on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards by performing an over-the-top — and highly panned —  rendition of her single “Roman Holiday.” The performance featured a self-exorcism, dancing monks and nuns, burning flames and Minaj speaking in tongues. Basically, the whole production made “The Phantom of the Opera” look like high art.

And now Catholics are (understandably) angry, with the Catholic League releasing a scathing statement by president Bill Donohue, who places the blame on both Minaj and the Recording Academy, the organization that hands out the Grammys, for letting such an “offensive” performance air. “Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of the Recording Academy,” he wrote. “Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.”

In her defense, Minaj says that the Recording Academy wanted her to do “Roman Holiday.” “I could have chosen to do a no-brainer pop song, but I can’t do it anymore. I have to stay true to what I am doing,” she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday.

This whole thing is so silly. Doesn’t the Catholic Church have a few things to worry about other than the antics of a fame-hungry pop star’s attempt for attention? And what is this “staying true to what I am doing” bull from Minaj? Is she announcing the beginning of her Radiohead phase?

But I’ll tell you what is incredible: We’re still talking about the usually dull Grammy Awards three days after the show aired. That has to be some kind of record.


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