Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” Video Condemned by The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
On Jan. 2, the Catholic League released a statement from its president Bill Donohue, condemning Hov's latest visuals. "A video trailer is supposed to be a teaser, but in this case it falls flat, leading nowhere," Donohue writes.
In his statement, Donohue details scenes from the video, describing Beyonce as a priestess who hears JAY-Z's confession. "Apparently a statement on his real-life infidelities," he continues.
The president of the Catholic League goes on to say that while the video isn't anti-Catholic, it is a "bigoted assault," which "pales next to Jay-Z's relentlessly racist (and anti-black) lyrics." He adds, "But it is nonetheless gratuitous as well as exploitative, just the kind of thing we would expect from this genius couple."
Although the Catholic League is not officially connected to the Catholic church, it states its mission is to defend the right of the Catholic church when "slanderous assaults" are made against it.
Like many of his videos for songs on 4:44, Jay's "Family Feud" visuals feature a star-studded cast, which include, Beyoncé, Michael B. Jordan, Constance Wu, Rashida Jones, Jessica Chastain, Rosario Dawson and more.
In related JAY-Z news, the Brooklyn rapper recently found himself on former President Barack Obama's favorite songs of 2017 list. Just a few days after Hov dropped the "Family Feud" visuals, Obama added the song to his list, along with tracks from Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott.
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