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SATANIC VERSES: Conservatives seeing red over sizzling Grammys performance

SATANIC VERSES: Conservatives seeing red over sizzling Grammys performance

SATANIC VERSES: Conservatives seeing red over sizzling Grammys performance

The 65th Grammys brought out the heat – and the controversy – on Sunday, but even better than the star-studded night of awards, music, speeches, and live performances was MAGA’s predictable Monday morning meltdown.

Hosted by former Daily Show anchor Trevor Noah, the show opened with a number by international Latin pop sensation, Bad Bunny.

“It even makes Trump want to learn Spanish,” Noah joked in a dig at the former President.

But it was one musical act that would send conservatives over the flat earth’s edge, the one by British crooner Sam Smith and German transgender singer/songwriter Kim Petras.

Complete with fire, cages, devil costumes, red leather, and props that had pearl clutchers screaming “devil worship,” the dynamic duo went all out when performing their Grammy award-winning chart-topper “Unholy,” and the right is inflamed.

Pun intended.

“Don’t fight the culture wars, they say,” Trump acolyte Liz Wheeler tweeted Monday morning. “Meanwhile demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up.”

Right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro used his social media bully pulpit to insult Petras’ transgender identity and accused the Grammys of being little more than trolls.

“The Grammys annual trolling of traditionally moral people continued apace this year with a full-on Satanic performance from two white men, Sam Smith, and Kim Petras.” – Ben Shapiro

“The elite in our society are fully in line with the ideology of Satanic fealty expressed by Smith and Petras,” The Daily Wire founder added.

Ted Cruz said the Grammys were “evil.”

No fake culture war would be complete without Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene chiming in with a conspiracy theory in which Greene tweeted an inane lie that the performance was sponsored by Pfizer and that the pharmaceutical company is somehow in cahoots with the Grammy awards and its performers.

“The Grammy’s featured Sam Smith’s demonic performance and was sponsored by Pfizer,” Greene tweeted. “American Christians need to get to work.”

Prior to the high-energy performance, Smith and Petras accepted the award for Best Pop Duo/Group.

The first transgender woman to win in this category, Petras joins Smith, who picked up his fifth on Sunday.

The popular musician picked up four Grammy Awards for the 2015 album, “In the Lonely Hour.”

“Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” the congress said in a moving speech.

According to Variety, Petras says the duo’s decision was inspired by a lack of feeling accepted within the confines of religion.

“I think a lot of people, honestly, have kind of labeled what I stand for and what Sam stands for as religiously not cool, and I personally grew up wondering about religion and wanting to be a part of it but slowly realizing it didn’t want me to be a part of it,” Petras said.

The LGBTQ community has been under attack by those on the right.

Demonization and further marginalization of the already vulnerable community have been priority number one.

Dr. Jill Biden presented two awards during the ceremony, including the Best Song for Social Change award given to Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour.

Hajipour’s song, ‘Baraye,’ was inspired by the murder of Mahsa Amini by Iran’s “morality police,” and subsequent protests that inspired world action.

Sunday’s show is a reminder of the importance of freedom of speech and expression – both in this country and around the world. It must be protected. Representation and inclusion matter.

“It’s a take on not being able to choose religion. And not being able to live the way that people might want you to live because as a trans person, I’m already not kind of wanted in religion,” Petras said.

“I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends who came before me, who kicked these doors open before me so I could be here tonight,” she said, also adding a nod to Madonna, who she says paved the way for all of them.

Original reporting by Charna Flam at Variety. 

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Ty Ross
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