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Sabrina Carpenter’s “Feather” Video Sparks Controversy with Catholic Church

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Sabrina Carpenter is facing backlash after the release of her music video for Feather in October, which includes scenes filmed in a Catholic church. The video depicts Carpenter being followed by menacing men who meet gruesome fates, and it concludes with a scene of Carpenter dancing in a church during a joint funeral for the deceased characters.

The final scene was filmed at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, the priest who approved the filming, has now been relieved of his administrative duties involving oversight of the church. Bishop Robert J. Brennan expressed his dismay, stating, “The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script.”

In an apology letter shared on the parish’s Facebook page, Gigantiello explained that the parish was approached by a film crew in September, scouting a location for what was presented as a “production featuring Sabrina Carpenter.” He expressed regret for allowing the filming, stating, “While I take full responsibility for the erroneous decision to allow the filming, I want to assure you that I had no knowledge that such a scene would be filmed in our church which we worked so hard to restore to its present sacred beauty.”

The controversy has sparked discussions about the responsibility of artists and filmmakers when using religious spaces for potentially controversial content. The incident has also prompted a review of policies regarding the use of church property for such purposes.

Carpenter has not responded directly to the controversy, and the focus remains on the implications of using religious spaces for artistic expression.