David Bowie‘s new album, The Next Day, has gotten great acclaim and given him a huge career boost. Everyone seems to love it and he’s been cranking out the music videos. One starred Tilda Swinton. This latest one, for the track “The Next Day”, features Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman and lots of Jesus imagery that is pissing off some Catholics. The video was apparently so intense and offense that it was briefly taken off of YouTube. It’s back up now with this warning:
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LOL seriously? It’s like Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” music video scandal all over again, except that was in 1989 and on MTV. I mean really, come on, YouTube.
Anyway. The Catholic League is mad at David Bowie. Lord Carey, Archbishop, thinks he’s immature for making this video. From The Telegraph:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey poured scorn on an attempts by David Bowie to attract controversy by posing as Jesus in his new video – questioning whether he would have been so willing to offend Muslims.
He urged Christians to “rise above” the “juvenile” promotion for the single The Next Day, adding: “I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery – I very much doubt it.”
Other Christian commentators dismissed the move as “desperate” adding that, rather than leaving them shocked, it confirmed that Christianity is still important.
The video was temporarily pulled from YouTube, seemingly because of its controversial content.
But the website quickly moved to reinstate it, insisting it had been taken down in error – although adding an adult only rating.
There’s nothing in this video that you haven’t seen in The Da Vinci Code. There’s a pale priest flogging himself. Okay and also Gary Oldman plays a priest and punches a guy in the face. That definitely wasn’t in The Da Vinci Code.
I think Marion Cotillard is playing a prostitue and Bowie is some sort of Jesus. Other images include dismembered eyeballs being served on a plate, bishops appearing to pay for sex, a topless spooky woman with gold nipples, Cotillard + Stigmata, and David Bowie being whipped by a group of people. It’s really just another Thursday night at Iggy Pop’s house.
At the end of the video Bowie breaks the 4th wall when he says pleasantly, “Thank you, Gary, Thank you, Marion. Thank you everybody.”
See more stills from the video in the gallery.