On Tuesday, CBS took action following a performance by Sam Smith and Kim Petras at the Grammys, which offended many for what they viewed as Satanic themes. However, deleting a tweet that said the network was “ready to worship” prior to the performance, was not enough for many of those who watched.
The offending tweet came as a response to Smith, who posted a few behind-the-scenes pictures of himself with the caption “This is going to be SPECIAL” with a tongue emoji.
The official account for CBS responded, saying, “….you can say that again. We are ready to worship!” The tweet has since been deleted.
Smith identifies as nonbinary and Petras identifies as a transgender woman. The duo won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for the song “Unholy.”
However, their performance, which included red lighting, devil horns, cages and fire, threw many Christians and conservatives into an uproar.
“This…is…evil,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, alongside a clip of the performance, which featured Smith.
“The reason so many on the Right are riveted by the #Satanic ritual at the #GRAMMYs is that, deep down, we’ve long suspected Satan is the guiding light of the cultural Left. So this unholy tribute in the name of art struck us with a strong sense of both recognition & confirmation,” said writer Dinesh D’Souza.
“The Grammy’s featured Sam Smith’s demonic performance and was sponsored by Pfizer. And the Satanic Church now has an abortion clinic in NM that requires its patients to perform a satanic ritual before services. American Christians need to get to work,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA).
Pfizer, who was one of the major sponsors of the show, responded to the controversy by dodging blame, explaining that it sponsored the entire show and not any individual performance.
“We sponsored the overall Grammy’s event, not any particular performance. Beyond that, we don’t comment on our efforts to raise awareness,” a spokesperson for the company told Newsweek.
“Maybe it’s art, but why is it always this kind of art? Why is it never, like, regular art?” Donald Trump Jr. said.
“Pfizer’s got the best business model in the history of business, don’t they? The government sends Pfizer billions of your tax dollars, then forces you to buy their products, and then if the products hurt you, you’re not allowed to sue. (Laughs) Pretty great! Wish you had that, huh? Pfizer made billions and billions from that arrangement. How are they spending the money? Here is one of the things they’re paying for,” Tucker Carlson said before playing a clip of the performance, which was followed by the announcer saying “The 65th Grammy Awards is sponsored by Pfizer.”
“Sponsored by Pfizer! Little devil worship. So let’s say you’re a modern American who doesn’t believe in the supernatural at all. You reject the ideas that have formed the basis of every society in all human history, you think it’s bunk, good and evil doesn’t exist in the absolute sense. Even if you believe that, as some Americans do, is it really a good idea to mimic devil worship, because what if it is true? Probably not going to end well, right? No one is asking those questions. Sam Smith, the performer there, has gotten rich doing it. His latest music video shows him wearing nipple pasties and being urinated on in a men’s room. Yeah, they stormed Omaha Beach for that. Trans ideology plus Satanism, popular entertainment,” he said.
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