The Catholic League Slams Jay-Z's 'Family Feud' Music Video Over 'Gratuitous' Church Scene


The Catholic League Slams Jay-Z's 'Family Feud' Music Video Over 'Gratuitous' Church Scene


President of the organization, Bill Donohue, issues a statement saying that the scene is 'gratuitous as well as exploitative.'
Jay-Z closed 2017 by releasing star-studded music video for track "Family Feud". While the nearly-eight-minute clip has received widespread acclaims since its release, one organization has taken offense at it.

Bill Donohue, the president for The Catholic League, issues a statement through the organization's website, slamming the music video over its church scene. In his statement, Donohue details the scene, dubbing Beyonce Knowles a priestess who hears Jazzy's confession.

"Then Beyonce appears, standing at the pulpit, wearing a navy blue outfit dressed like a queen," so he writes. "She is a priestess; she hears Jay-Z's confession, apparently a statement on his real-life infidelities."

The president goes on saying that the clip is neither "anti-Catholic" nor a "bigoted assault", but "it is nonetheless gratuitous as well as exploitative, just the kind of thing we would expect from this genius couple." He also added that the scene "pales next to Jay-Z's relentlessly racist (and anti-black) lyrics."

So far, neither Jazzy or Bey has responded to the criticisms.

"Family Feud" is one of the tracks off Jazzy's latest album "4:44". Irene Bedard, who plays the president of the future in the clip, recently sat down with Indian Country Today to discuss her role.

"It felt really great!" Irene said of her role. "I got a call from my agent asking if I could be ready in three days to do a video project in New York. I got on a plane not knowing what I was doing except it was an untitled Ava DuVernay project. I love her and I knew whatever she was doing, it would be awesome. I went with complete faith."

The actress also dished on Bey and Jazzy, expressing her excitement for being able to work together with the couple. "I got to tell my son about this. He was like, 'What?' This project gave some teenager cool points," she continued.


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