Priest Removed From Administrative Duties After Allowing Sabrina Carpenter to Film ‘Feather’ Video in Church

2023-11-27T20:50:10+00:00November 27th, 2023|News|

Following the release of Sabrina Carpenter’s blood-filled “Feather” music video on Halloween, a Catholic priest who allowed a scene from the clip to be filmed inside a Brooklyn church has been relieved of his administrative duties, according to the New York Times.

In the video, the 24-year-old pop star facilitates the death of a series of obnoxious men, who relentlessly hit on her throughout the video. The cat-callers meet their karma by getting run over by a truck; fighting each other to death; and getting choked by the tie in an elevator shaft. At the end of the clip, Carpenter dances around a church at the men’s funerals, wearing a short black tulle dress and veil and posing with religious items at the alter, including a coffin that reads “RIP B—-.”

That last scene was filmed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Following the music video’s release, Bishop Robert J. Brennan told the Catholic News Agency he is “appalled at what was filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn,” noting that “The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script.”

The pastor, Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, was subsequently relieved of his administrative duties overseeing the church, per New York Times. In an apology posted to the church’s Facebook page, Gigantiello revealed that he approved the filming in September after not finding anything negative about Carpenter online in an “effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community.” He also told NYT that he was presented the video shoot idea as a funeral scene, but the result in the music video was “not what was initially presented to me.”

Billboard has reached out to Carpenter’s team for comment.

“Feather” is the latest song off Carpenter’s July 2022 album Emails I Can’t Send to get the music video treatment, following “Nonsense,” “Because I Liked a Boy,” “Fast Times” and “Skinny Dipping.” Upon its release, the album debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200, marking the rising pop star’s highest peak on the chart to date.

Watch the music video below.

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