What is it about awards ceremonies and undue outrage and panic? This weekend’s Grammys, as always, didn’t fail to deliver on this front, with thousands of baffled Beyoncé fans bemoaning the fact Harry Styles surprisingly won Album of the Year for Harry’s House.
Never ones to miss out on a social media bonfire, conspiracy theorists jumped on one particular performance at the Grammys ceremony, claiming that Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ rendition of their collaborative hit, ‘Unholy’, was “a satanic ritual.”
Satanic panic is back! “Are you ready for a little controversy?” Madonna had told the Grammys crowd before Smith and Petras arrived onstage to delivery a fiery performance filled with red lighting, pyrotechnics, and dancers in metal cages; the former even sported a horned had, which is probably what had conspiracy theorists really up in arms.
Soon social media was ablaze with reactions. U.S. Republican senator Ted Cruz tweeted that Smith and Petras’ performance was “evil.”
“It’s not surprising to see a satanic ritual at the Grammy’s… Leftism is satanism. The only change is that now they’re being more explicit about it,” wrote blogger and journalist Matt Walsh. You can see some of the other outraged reactions below.
“Don’t fight the culture wars, they say. Meanwhile, demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up,” was conservative commentator Liz Wheeler’s view.
On the more positive side, just as many people were quick to congratulate Smith’s collaborator Petras for becoming the first openly trans woman to win a Grammy (Wendy Carlos won three awards in 1970 before coming out as trans).
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In a moving acceptance speech, Petras gave a lovely shout out to the late, great Scottish producer SOPHIE. “I just want to thank all the transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight,” she said.
“SOPHIE, especially — my friend who passed away two years ago, who told me this would happen and always believed in me. Thank you so much for your inspiration, SOPHIE. I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”
Positive reaction or negative reaction, if you’re going to perform at the biggest night in music, you may as well stoke the online fire a little bit. Sam Smith and Kim Petras clearly knew that.
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It's not surprising to see a satanic ritual at the Grammy's. Satanism is the worship of the self. Much of modern pop music is satanic in this sense. Leftism is satanism. The only change is that now they're being more explicit about it.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 6, 2023
Don’t fight the culture wars, they say. Meanwhile demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 6, 2023
sam smith kicking off a satanic panic with a hat that looks like it’s from the spirit halloween clearance bin is killing me
— metal.txt (@metaltxt) February 6, 2023
For the people still wondering why we have a problem with Sam Smith pushing the degenerate and satanic Hollywood agenda.
We don’t want dark, nasty energy like this influencing our children. pic.twitter.com/eU6oN86FSV
— Dominique Samuels (@Dominiquetaegon) February 6, 2023
Sam Smith and Kim Petras performing their disgusting song titled “Unholy” at the 2023 Grammys.
I didn’t want to post this video but I have to expose how satanic the music industry is. This is so demonic. Stop listening to this GARBAGE. It’s witchcraft!
Seek Jesus. pic.twitter.com/tla9yi7EMM
— Megan (@RosePie324) February 6, 2023
Love the appreciation for Kim Petras, but she's not the first trans woman ever to win a Grammy, that's Wendy Carlos!
Trans synth queen Carlos won 3 Grammys for "Switched-On-Bach" in 1969. She later went on to compose the soundtracks for The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. pic.twitter.com/aOYfUJrf8N
— Mel Woods (@intothemelwoods) February 6, 2023
Kim Petras thanking Sophie during her winning the first ever Grammy won by an openly transgender woman (Wendy Carlos was closeted at the time she won) in the year that trans rights are under attack more than ever in history…
Yeah, I cried.
You deserve it. pic.twitter.com/ncsa2CWUTa
— Erin Reed (@ErinInTheMorn) February 6, 2023