Brooklyn Bishop ‘Appalled’ Pop Star’s Provocative Music Video Was Filmed Inside Church

"The parish did not follow diocesan policy."
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The bishop of New York’s Brooklyn diocese said he is “appalled” a popular singer was allowed to film her provocative music video inside a Catholic church in Brooklyn.

Pop star Sabrina Carpenter, 24, filmed part of the music video for her hit song “Feather” inside a 160-year-old church in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

Bishop Robert Brennan “is appalled at what was filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn,” the Brooklyn Diocese said in a November 2 statement, Catholic News Agency reported.

“The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script,” the diocese said.

The diocese said the parish claimed the music video production company “failed to accurately represent the video content.”

Brennan “is taking this matter seriously and will be looking into it further,” the diocese said.

The “Feather” music video was uploaded to YouTube on Halloween and has racked up about 2.9 million views as of Friday.

The video shows Carpenter singing about ex-lovers while dancing provocatively on the altar of the historic church as well as down the communion aisle wearing a short black costume and black veil. At several points, she folds her hands as if praying.

The altar was decked out 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 reads “RIP bitch.” One of the angel statues reads, “Good Girls Go 2 Heaven.” A neon cross is lit up under the church’s crucifix.


Other parts of the music video show Carpenter killing a man who took a picture up her skirt, as well as men killing each other as they fight over Carpenter.

The music video was directed by Mia Barnes. Neither the director nor the parish has commented on the bishop’s reaction so far. The parish was founded in 1863 and is home to many of Brooklyn’s Lithuanian Catholics, according to CNA.

Catholic churches usually house consecrated communion hosts, which the Catholic Church holds are the real material presence of Jesus, in a tabernacle on the altar. A red sanctuary candle is lit in the church when consecrated hosts are present.

It is not clear whether consecrated hosts were present on the altar at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church while Carpenter’s music video was being filmed.

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