Sabrina Carpenter’s Response to Catholic Church Controversy: ‘Jesus Was a Carpenter’

Sabrina Carpenter is floating on air, despite the recent ruckus stirred by her ‘Feather’ music video. A Catholic priest from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, got tangled in the controversy after permitting a scene from the video to be shot within the church premises. The aftermath? He was relieved of his administrative duties.

This week, the buzz unfolded as the priest, Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, took a step back from his duties, all thanks to Carpenter’s dance moves in a short black tulle dress and veil. The scene included her striking poses with religious paraphernalia, including a cheeky coffin bearing the inscription “RIP B—-.” As the scandal unfolded, Carpenter defended the shoot saying that they had prior approval, and after all, “Jesus was a carpenter.”

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Attempting to mend the mishap, Gigantiello took to the church’s Facebook page with an apology, explaining his decision to green-light the filming back in September. He claimed he found no dirt on Carpenter online and hoped the collaboration would strengthen ties with the creative youth of the community. However, what unfolded in the music video wasn’t quite what he had signed up for.

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‘Feather’ is the latest tune from Sabrina Carpenter’s July 2022 album, ‘Emails I Can’t Send,’ to get the visual treatment, following the likes of ‘Nonsense,’ ‘Because I Liked a Boy,’ ‘Fast Times,’ and ‘Skinny Dipping.’ The album’s release soared to No. 23 on the Billboard 200, marking Carpenter’s highest peak on the chart.

The video, unleashed on 30th October showed Sabrina Carpenter at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Brooklyn, setting tongues wagging. Dressed provocatively, she danced around pastel coffins at the church altar. A mass was hastily arranged to restore the church’s “sanctity.”

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Catholic News Agency chimed in, reporting that the priest faced consequences just days after the video dropped. The Diocese of Brooklyn, appalled by the church scene in Carpenter’s production, released a statement expressing Bishop Robert Brennan’s shock.

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In the video, Carpenter dispatches a slew of suitors, entering a Catholic church in black tights to dance amidst pastel coffins on the altar. Released on Halloween, the visuals narrate a tale of street harassment culminating in an unexpected twist—guys getting hit by a truck. Carpenter, later at the Catholic church, seems to mourn (or perhaps secretly celebrate) the demise of those who wronged her in the song. Quite the Halloween treat, or trick, depending on your perspective.