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.