Nicki Minaj clearly intended to ruffle some feathers with her Madonna/Gaga knock-off performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Nicki baited Catholics from the moment she arrived at the ceremony with in a Little Red Riding costume with a Pope lookalike in tow. Then she took the stage…
A confessional scene, dancing choir boys and a fake possession were sure to draw the attention of the Catholic League, and sure enough, president Bill Donahue pulled no punches in a statement issued today. “Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy,” said Donahue. “Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.”
Personally, I found Nicki’s performance more corny and derivative than offensive, but he’s got a point. If Nicki had planned a performance steeped in Muslim imagery the folks running the show wouldn’t have let her in the building. For her part, Nicki claims the performance represented her male alter ego, Roman Zolanski (who looks exactly like her), “not fitting in with the average Joe” and “showing that he’s amazing and confident.” What that has to do with the Pope is anyone’s guess.
We already pointed out that Nicki’s desperate famewhoring took place less than 24 hours after the death of a music icon, making her Grammy display offensive on at least two levels. There’s an art to being a controversial spotlight junkie, Nicki. Watch Gaga for few months and take notes.