The song proved to be so successful, it even netted them a huge award. It was a cause for celebration, being that Petras became the first openly-trans woman to snag a Grammy. Unfortunately, some people chose to focus on the aesthetics of their thrilling, fiery performance to fuel a satanic panic.
Building off their devilishly delicious red carpet looks that they took to the stage, the duo dialed into the religious imagery of their hit song dressed in all red. Smith sported a top hat with devil horns, surrounded by flailing dancers and flames while Petras belted from the inside of a cage.
Despite putting on a very tongue-in-cheek performance that is very literal in interpretation, some people were concerned that Smith and Petras are indoctrinating people into worshipping the man downstairs.
\u201cGrammys openly celebrating satan (Sam Smith singing \u201cunholy,\u201d brought to you by Pfizer all while Jill Biden is handing out song of the year. It\u2019s a satanic cult. If this doesn\u2019t show people I don\u2019t know what will. It\u2019s blatantly disgusting! Stop giving the #GRAMMYs the ratings\u201d— Krisandra (@Krisandra) 1675668343
\u201cIf as a Christian, you think we are reaching when we talk about the dominance and normalization of Satan worship in pop music, you need discernment. Sam Smith\u2019s performance at the Grammy\u2019s last night was satanic, gory. No, it\u2019s not art; it\u2019s symbolic of who they serve.\u201d— Solomon Buchi (@Solomon Buchi) 1675678985
Don't worry, Republicans also got angry.
\u201cThe Grammy\u2019s featured Sam Smith\u2019s demonic performance and was sponsored by Pfizer.\n\nAnd the Satanic Church now has an abortion clinic in NM that requires its patients to perform a satanic ritual before services.\n\nAmerican Christians need to get to work.\n\n\u201d— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1675690241
Funnily enough, "Unholy" is all about the condemnation of adultery. Cruz could take some notes considering he was accused of cheating on his wife with several women during the 2016 presidential race. Now that's holy behavior.
As for Marjorie Taylor Greene's claim that Satanists are opening up a clinic that require a ritual be performed before services, it is simply fear mongering. The Satanic Temple is using their recognition as a religion to open up a clinic, thereby allowing for them to provide reproductive health services without being affected by restrictions and bans under the First Amendment and both federal and state religious freedom acts. Just thought we'd clear that up!
So what do Satanists think of the performance? Surely they'd be on board. On the contrary, the Church of Satan was underwhelmed with the performance. Its magister, David Harris, said that the feat was "nothing particularly special." Tough crowd.
However, Harris did have some words for the politicians up in arms over Smith and Petras' joint slay. "It's sad when politicians on a national stage use someone's religion as a punchline," he told TMZ. Even though some tweets referenced the Satanic Temple — a completely different entity from the Church of Satan — the point still stands.
Next time Smith and Petras should take cues from Lil Nas X who, according to Harris, aligned with the Church of Satan a lot more with his transgressive "Montero" visual. Noted.
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