David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ Video Criticized By the Catholic League
David Bowie's explicit new video for 'The Next Day' has angered the Catholic League. On their website, president Bill Donohue crucified the three-minute-long clip (embedded below) while referring to the singer as a "switch-hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London."
The reaction is likely no surprise to Bowie or his fans. The plot follows a priest (played by Gary Oldman) who punches the homeless, hits on scantily clad women and frequents a sort of house of sin where eyeballs are served and self-flagellation is a commonplace as darts are in England pubs today. Bowie is dressed as Jesus, and in the end he ascends to heaven, only after the female lead (Marion Cotillard) develops stigmata.
"Bowie is nothing if not confused about religion," Donohue writes before quoting the rocker's comments about Buddhism and several other religions. "Not sure what he believes in today … but it’s a sure bet he can’t stop thinking about the Cadillac of all religions, namely Roman Catholicism. There is hope for him yet."
Rolling Stone reports that YouTube also banned the video on Wednesday for violating its terms of service, but restored it hours later. The title of the video warns that it is explicit. 'The Next Day' is the title-track of Bowie's most recent album.
This is not the first time the sight of Bowie onscreen has raised the ire of religious conservatives. In 1988, he appeared as Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's controversial film, 'The Last Temptation of Christ.'
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