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Sabrina Carpenter Music Video Becomes a Scandal in the Catholic Community

Carpenter dressed in all black in the church at the start of the Feather Music video. (Photo Credit: People Magazine)

On October 30th, Sabrina Carpenter released a music video for her hit pop song, “Feather”. The music video quickly became popular as it popped up on social media platforms, gaining one million views in less than 24 hours. Despite the positive attention, the video quickly received backlash from many priests in the Brooklyn area, as they felt attacked by the contents of the video. 

The video begins in a Catholic church and features Carpenter in a short black tulle dress, singing and dancing along to the lyrics of her song alongside pastel coffins. The Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-Annunciation Parish, is a stunning and aesthetically pleasing background. 

With traits similar to Mean Girls and Jennifer’s Body, the “Feather” music video is the embodiment of female rage. Carpenter struts around Brooklyn, carelessly murdering the men who mistreat her. 

Quickly after its release, religious figures expressed their shock at how the video was allowed to be filmed at the church. The priest from the parish was chastised for giving approval to the film, as the qualities of the video did not align with diocesan values. 

“While I take full responsibility for the erroneous decision to allow the filming, I want to assure you that I had no knowledge that

Monsignor Jamie, the parish of the church in Carpenters video. (Photo Credit: The National Catholic Register)

such a scene would be filmed in our church which we worked so hard to restore to its present sacred beauty,” said Monsignor

Jamie J. Gigantiello, the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, in a statement to the residents of the church. 

The controversy blew up online and was quickly a hot topic of discussion. Debate on who was in the wrong took hold of many social media platforms. Sabrina’s response to the situation was heavily anticipated. 

“Jesus was a carpenter too,” Carpenter said, referencing her last name.

Carpenter’s calm statement surprised the media. In the midst of celebrity scandals all around, Carpenter stands out with confidence and poise. It is clear that this pop star doesn’t get her ‘feathers’ ruffled easily.

Behind the scenes photo of Carpenter covered in blood after the filming of the iconic gym scene in the “Feather” music video. (Photo Credit: Inside The Industry)
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Emma Wittkopp
Emma Wittkopp, Writer
Emma Wittkopp is a Senior at Adams High School, and this is her second year writing for The Kilt. She is part of Key Club and UNICEF Club at Adams High School, and also dances competitively. In her free time, Emma likes to read, listen to music, and hang out with friends. Emma is very excited to be a part of the Kilt this year!

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