Religious Group Calls Show "Vulgar"

Lady Gaga, you're officially off the hook: An anti-defamation religious group wants an apology from Nicki Minaj after the rapper delivered a "vulgar" and controversy-charged performance at last weekend's Grammy Awards.

Hate to say we told ya so, but…

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the Catholic League is offended and thoroughly underwhelmed by Nicki Minaj's controversial stage spectacular at Sunday's 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

The always outre femcee snatched a page from Lady Gaga's book of oddness when she hit the red carpet dressed in a red cloak-cape designed by Versace. Nicki tried her hand at a Madonna "Like a Prayer"-esque production at the weekend prize-giving, complete with religious overtones and a Rent-a-Pope (still yet to be identified by celebrity informants).

Yep, that went over about as well as you'd expect.

Of course, the real drama began when Nicki took the stage to perform her new single "Roman Holiday," which included a pre-taped segment of a mock exorcism and a confessional. The live performance left thousands of tweeting fans scratching (and shaking) their heads at the myriad of dancing monks and priests.

Did we forget to mention the part where cloaked dancers began praying to each other's privates? (Yeah, we wouldn't want you to miss that.) At one point, a horizontal Minaj was suspended high above the stage Exorcist-style as the choir belted out "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

Nicki Minaj courts ire of Catholics with Grammys performance >>

Anti-defamation organization The Catholic League has angrily branded the display "vulgar." But it isn't just Nicki who's being taken to task.

The League's spokesman, Bill Donohue, says the group is seething over the performance, but members are also upset with the Recording Academy's decision to allow it in the first place.

"None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys," Donohue said in a statement Monday.

"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," he continued.

"It's bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-á-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry. The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities."

The morning after the show, Nicki dropped by Ryan Seacrest's nationally-syndicated radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrestto gab about her Grammys set. The "Super Bass" star didn't offer that apology Bill was looking for, but she did provide an explanation for her -- ahem-- colorful approach to performing "Roman Holiday."

Nicki's excuse: The producers made me do it!

"The Grammys chose 'Roman Holiday," Minaj told Seacrest on Monday. "The producers of the Grammys came into the studio and they heard 'Roman Holiday' and I could not play them another record after they heard that. 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'm doing."

Minaj's sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded drops in April.

Do you think Nicki Minaj should issue an apology for her over-the-top performance?

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Comments on "Catholics want apology for Nicki Minaj Grammy performance"

David December 22, 2012 | 11:40 PM

Some people take things entirely too seriously. It never occurred to anyone that the point of the performance was to intentionally set people off. In addition, if you're so deeply offended by what happened then you should've stopped watching. There's nothing wrong with deeply believing in whatever you believe but there is something wrong with chastising someone else for believing in something else even if they are making fun of you. Part of being catholic is true acceptance and absolute tolerance. As long as you have your morals and your principles, nothing can touch you. LET IT GO

ivan guzman vital November 28, 2012 | 1:29 PM

May God punish her!

ivan guzman vital November 28, 2012 | 1:17 PM

Nicky manaj you are wrong! Catholics deserve an apology! You have no right to offend no religion! For the wages of sin are death! You will pay for that!

DAncer April 03, 2012 | 12:17 PM

"It's just a performance, Jeeezzzzz." This type of justification is often used by bullies: "it is just a joke"

DAncer April 03, 2012 | 12:15 PM

Sure she owes an apology. Any stuff which is relating to racism, homophobia,religious intolerance etc. is hate speech. This was an example of hate toward another religion. Would mocking for ex. African Americans, or Hispanics, or women be tolerated? No! Religion is anyone's private thing, like ual orientation or ethnic identity. Sorry to say, but this show seemed to be simply stupid. I don't use such word easily, but this type of performance deserves this label.It is a type of hate speech. What was problem with racism c.60 years ago, people didn't see nothing wrong with certain type of speech, behavior, jokes, etc.And denial was even stronger than now.With religion we are very backward, it is like 100 years ago. A friend who is old enough and was living during the times of communism said even the comis didn't go so far in their efforts to humiliate religion! This was a total brainless hateful attempt to humiliate religious beliefs of a given group, and it deserves apology. But than this is what happens when you give too much exposure to some individuals who are not very smart in the first place (intellect is not their forte). No need for PH.D but some common sense.

Brunetta February 27, 2012 | 5:16 PM

I think the performance was appalling. it was nothng less t hen a satanic ritual and the whole show was dedicated to the devil. Whitney Houston was the sacrifice and she wore the head of a woman on the blood red cloak. She owes an apology to all the viewers just as much as Madonna owed and apology for the halftime show with the whats her name flipping the bird to the public. But then again, TV has gone haywire. I think it is time we just started shutting off our TV sets and open a good book.

jon February 21, 2012 | 3:33 PM

why do these pop stars feel like they have to attack religion in order to be popular...its all been done before.

passionstar February 20, 2012 | 6:59 AM

Read my words.Nicki Minaj is the scapegoat for Madonna and she's too ignorant and stupid to realize it.imo Madonna's superbowl 2012 was just as offensive as Nicki's. Also Nicki Minaj should have never been allowed to perform in light of her recording titled, "stupid hoe." I know if Nicki would have mocked a black baptist church, or a Asian religious denomination the world would up in arms. Why the grammy officials allowed this is beyond me. However, I feel she should offer a written apology to the catholic church and the FCC for making such a bad decision in her performance at the 2012 grammys. Madonna is getting all the adulation for a performance that was just as offensive, but Nicki's performance diverted all critical eyes and negative controversy off of her.

mary February 15, 2012 | 5:52 PM

She owes every Catholic one this planet an apology! This was the most sacreligous thing I have seen in a while and it disgusts me. It was downright cruel for her to make fun of Catholics this way, not only by mocking them but also by including a stripper dancing in front of a praying alter boy/ priest. It was vulgar

jay February 15, 2012 | 5:48 PM

Yes, this was too over the top and you don't play about stuff like this

shelly February 15, 2012 | 12:43 AM

yes she does owe an apology..and FYI she LIED grammy executives stated that it was nicki choice and idea to perform the song.... this 29 year old woman has a history of lying to the media you all better check her background.

dee February 14, 2012 | 11:39 AM

Hell to tha no!!!.... It's just a performance, Jeeezzzzz.

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