Priest resigns and archbishop forced to apologise after hip-grinding raunchy rap video was filmed inside Spain’s Toledo Cathedral
- Rapper C. Tangana dances sensually with singer Nathy Peluso in music video
- The song, which is called Atheist, features lyrics that touch on religious themes
- Catholic social media users were outraged by the provocative video and lyrics
- Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves has apologised, saying he knew nothing of the project, while dean Juan Miguel Ferrer has resigned
- Ferrer initially defended the video, saying it ‘presents the story of a conversion through human love’
A priest has been forced to resign and an archbishop to apologise after allowing a rapper to film a raunchy music video inside Spain’s Toledo Cathedral.
In the video, which is for a song called Atheist, Spanish rapper C. Tangana dances sensually with Argentine singer Nathy Peluso while stunned worshippers peek from behind pillars.
‘I was an atheist, but now I believe/ Because a miracle like you must have come from heaven, sing the pair, who have a slew of Latin Grammys between them.
In one sequence, Peluso appears nude, albeit pixelated, holding Tangana’s decapitated head, while in another, he jerks back her long hair, bending her into a provocative pose.
It was this image in particular which drew ire from religious social media users.
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A priest has been forced to resign and an archbishop to apologise after allowing Spanish rapper C. Tangana (left) to film a raunchy music video inside a cathedral
In the video, which is for a song called Atheist, Tangana jerks back Peluso’s long hair, bending her into a provocative pose
In one sequence, Peluso (centre) appears nude, albeit pixelated, holding Tangana’s decapitated head
‘I would like to know for what price Toledo cathedral sold the sacredness of the sanctuary to C. Tangana,’ one user with an account named after a 15th century bishop wrote.
‘I would like to know if the Archbishop agrees with the desecration of his episcopal see.’
In a statement released after the video was released on Friday, Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves asked forgiveness, saying he was ‘completely unaware’ of the project or its content.
‘We humbly and sincerely ask the forgiveness of all the faithful… who have rightly felt offended by this improper use of a sacred place,’ it added.
The Archbishop said he felt ‘deep regret over the incident and deeply deplores the footage filmed’ inside the cathedral.
But the controversy didn’t stop there, with the cathedral’s dean, Juan Miguel Ferrer, who gave his blessing to the project, finally handing in his resignation on Tuesday.
Asking ‘forgiveness’ for ‘any mistakes that may have been committed in word, in deed and in omission in the events of the last few days,’ Ferrer said it seemed right to tender his resignation, effective from October 16, a statement said.
Ferrer had served as dean of the cathedral since November 2016 and his five-year tenure had been due to continue until November 5.
His resignation was accepted by the archbishop who invited the faithful to join a mass on Sunday for the ‘purification’ of the cathedral following the video shoot.
The cathedral’s administrators had initially attempted to justify with video, with Ferrer saying it ‘does not affect faith,’ despite its ‘provocative visual language.’
‘Certain attitudes of intolerance are opposed by the understanding and acceptance of the Church, as manifested in the final sequences of the video that presents the story of a conversion through human love,’ he said.
In less than a week, the video has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube.
Neither artist appears to have addressed the controversy surrounding the video, whose raunchy routine had spawned numerous dance covers on TikTok.
C. Tangana (right) and Nathy Peluso in a behind the scenes snap posted ahead of the video’s release
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