Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
A Catholic clergyman has been dismissed from his administrative responsibilities after permitting pop artist Sabrina Carpenter to shoot her provocative music video for “Feather” within a 160-year-old church in Brooklyn.
In a Facebook-posted letter addressed to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation parish in Williamsburg, Pastor Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello expressed apologies to the Bishop, the Diocese, and parishioners for the “shameful representation” in the video, which he stated he “whole-heartedly” disavowed.
Additionally, the priest disclosed that the bishop had relieved him of his administrative duties overseeing the church, marking the conclusion of his 15-year tenure as Vicar for Development of the Diocese on Nov. 3, 2023.
Gigantiello informed the New York Times that the video was “not what was initially presented” to him, clarifying that he had approved the filming in an “effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community.”
In the video, the 24-year-old singer and former Disney star addresses past relationships while engaging in provocative dance moves on the altar of the historic church. She parades down the communion aisle in a short black dress and black veil, as previously reported.
The altar is adorned with pastel pink and blue coffins bearing crosses, candles, garlands, small angel statues, and a vase with an RIP sign holding dark red liquid. One of the coffins is marked with “RIP b***h,” while one of the angel statues bears the inscription “Good Girls Go 2 Heaven.” A neon cross illuminates below the church’s crucifix.
Other scenes in the music video depict Carpenter confronting a man who took an inappropriate photo up her skirt, and there are portrayals of men engaging in fatal altercations, ostensibly competing for Carpenter’s attention.
Following the release of the music video, the Brooklyn Diocese issued a statement on November 2, expressing Bishop Robert Brennan’s dismay at the content filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn, as reported by Catholic News Agency.
The diocese emphasized that the parish had not adhered to diocesan policy concerning filming on church property, which includes a requirement for a review of scenes and scripts. Additionally, the diocese stated that the parish contended the music video production company had “failed to accurately represent the video content.”
Catholic churches typically house consecrated communion hosts, regarded by the Catholic Church as the real material presence of Jesus, in a tabernacle on the altar. In the Facebook-posted letter, Gigantiello additionally reassured the parish that he had taken steps to remove the blessed sacrament from the church a day prior to the filming of the provocative music video.