Catholic Priest Demoted for Allowing Sabrina Carpenter to Film "Feather" Music Video in Brooklyn Church

The parish was "appalled" by her use of the words "RIP BITCH"

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 27, 2023

Sabrina Carpenter has never been one to shy away from controversy — she even earned herself some censorship by the BBC back in February for making, well, a BBC joke. Her latest ungodly endeavour comes in the form of beef with priests, who have subsequently turned on each other since watching the new music video for her song "Feather." 

Unlike said priests, the newly minted pop star has been enjoying a successful year between the popularity of her album emails i can't send and joining Taylor Swift on the Eras Tour

After Carpenter shared the "Feather" visuals at the end of October, several people within the famously tolerant Catholic community were "appalled" by her use of Brooklyn's Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church as a set, specifically when it came to her use of fake coffins and profane language (one such item reads "RIP BITCH").

"The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script," reads a statement from the Diocese of Brooklyn.

As a result, the parish's pastor, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, was stripped of his administrative duties earlier this month. 

"In an effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community and the parish, I agreed to the filming after a general search of [Carpenter] did not reveal anything questionable," Gigantiello wrote in his public apology. "The parish staff and I were not aware that anything provocative was occurring in the church nor were we aware that faux coffins and other funeral items would be placed in the sanctuary."

Watch the unholier-than-thou music video in question below. 

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