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Nicki Minaj's 'Exorcism': Catholic League Blasts Artist's Grammys Performance (VIDEO)

Posted: 02/13/12 12:22 PM ET  |  Updated: 02/13/12 01:54 PM ET

Nicki Minaj Grammys Performance

After Nicki Minaj's provocative performance at this year's Grammys, it seemed like only a matter of time before the star found herself in the cross-hairs of the Catholic League.

Minaj showed up on the red carpet with a man dressed like the Pope and, when she took the stage, she levitated, spoke in tongues and acted possessed.

Sure enough, the Catholic League fired out a scathing press release Monday titled "Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?"

"Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in the release. "Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."

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

Not all Catholic organizations felt the need to specifically address the performance. A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York declined to comment on Minaj when contacted by The Huffington Post.

Twitter users' reactions to the performance were, at best, mixed.

One user tweeted, "Stevie Wonder was the luckiest man in the crowd at the nicki minaj performance."

Another wondered, "nicki minaj hypothetical:if islamic imagery were substituted for the catholic imagery. is either tasteful? are stars selectively offensive?"

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Filed by Simon McCormack  |