The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights isn’t happy about Jay-Z confessing his sins to wife Beyoncé in a Catholic church for the new music video “Family Feud.”
Music mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter released the visuals to his song “Family Feud” on Tidal last week where he confesses his sins to singer wife Beyoncé, whose vocals are featured on the track. The eight-minute star-studded video, directed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Ava Duvernay, features actors Michael B. Jordan, Thandie Newton, America Ferrera, Brie Larson, Niecy Nash, Rosario Dawson, Omari Hardwick and more.
While the video reimagines a futuristic world ruled by his daughter, Blue Ivy, a flashback to the present day shows Jay-Z joined by Beyoncé, who appears on the other side of a confessional in the video. In the song from Jay-Z’s Grammy-nominated 4:44 studio album, Beyoncé is also pictured in a black garb that resembles those worn by Russian Orthodox priests.
Bill Donahue, founder and president of the Catholic League, shared his thoughts about the video this week. Donahue said he was unimpressed with the video, interpreting the visuals in a statement featured on the Catholic League website.
“Jay-Z’s recently released Family Feud video shows him walking into a Catholic church with his real-life daughter, rapping away — ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds’ — as he struts. This is followed by a flashback scene where he is shown kissing a gal in her undergarments,” he said. “Then Beyonce appears, standing at the pulpit, wearing a navy blue outfit, dressed like a queen. She is a priestess: she hears Jay-Z’s confession, apparently a statement on his real-life infidelities.”
While Donahue said the video is not anti-Catholic, he did call it exploitative.
“Is it anti-Catholic? No, it is not a bigoted assault,” he said. “Indeed, it pales next to Jay-Z’s relentlessly racist (and anti-black) lyrics. But it is nonetheless gratuitous as well as exploitative, just the kind of thing we would expect from this genius couple.”
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Source: Christian Post