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Catholic League: "Is Nicki Minaj possessed?"

During last night's Grammy telecast (at which, I believe, Adele won every single award, including Best Rap Album), Nicki Minaj debuted "Roman Holiday," a new tune off her upcoming album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Following in the footsteps of Madonna twenty years ago, and, more recently, Lady Gaga, her performance was heavy on the religious symbolism, and featured Minaj doing her best Linda Blair impression: undergoing a mock-exorcism, levitating, and speaking in tongues as a hooded choir sang "Come All Ye Faithful."

Earlier in the evening, Minaj had arrived on the red carpet with a man dressed as the Pope, who, according to Minaj, represented her alter ego, "Roman Zolanski." (Like Sasha Fierce, or Chris Gaines? What, you don't have an alter ego?) All of this didn't sit well with the Catholic League. The organization sent out a reproving press release on Monday asking, "Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?"

According to Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

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.

To be honest, the real insult was probably to good music, rather than Catholicism, but that's just one person's opinion. (And the opinion of the viewer who tweeted, "This nicki minaj performance makes me want to fill my ears with cement then super glue my eyelids together and punch myself in the face.") If Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears can survive the wrath of the Catholic League, I'm sure Minaj will too.

Commentarium (7 Comments)

Feb 13 12 - 11:08pm

The Catholic League consists of just one person, Bill Donohue, who is perpetually bent out of shape out about one thing or another.'s just him.

Feb 13 12 - 11:42pm

Possed? No. Annoying? yes.

Feb 14 12 - 3:29am

just my opinion, but it seems like most (not all) performers who need so many props, costumes, and crazy ass wigs are just hiding their lack of talent.

I really don't get this chick.

Feb 14 12 - 7:40am

I agree, I tried to like her when she came out because she was all about girl power and Super Bass was ok. But then she just started yelling.

Feb 14 12 - 10:27am
She is...

...possessed by extraordinarily poor taste. Unfortunately, not possessed with any talent.

Feb 14 12 - 2:04pm
Sean Morrow

The video for 'Stupid Hoe' is oddly demonic, and not in a "I don't like this music, so I'm jokingly calling it demonic" way, but in a "there is a lot of weird fucking imagery and editing" way.

Feb 14 12 - 6:00pm
Rex Merritt

Bill Donohoe watched the Grammys? Must've taken time off from his own self-flagellation. That must've pained him even more. But in a good way.