Republicans Rage Over Sam Smith’s Grammy Performance: ‘This Is Evil’
Singer Sam Smith sparked outrage from conservative figures over his performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, with many calling it “satanic”.
Smith, who along with Kim Petras won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance of the night, performed their single “Unholy” at the ceremony.
During the performance, Smith sang while dressed head-to-toe in red, including a devil’s horn hat, while surrounded by dancers who looked like Samara from the horror movie. The ring.
Petras performed in a cage surrounded by flames as she was flanked by famous drag stars Violet Chachki and Gottmik, who were dressed as dominatrixes and also sported devil horns.
Smith and Petras also made history on Sunday by becoming the first non-binary person and the first openly transgender woman, respectively, to win a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
In response to their performance, a number of Republicans expressed horror and anger at the apparent “Satanism” referred to by Smith and Petras.
Conservative podcaster Liz Wheeler tweeted“Don’t fight culture wars, they say. Meanwhile, the demons are teaching your children to worship Satan. I might vomit.”
In response to Wheeler’s tweet, Texas Senator Ted Cruz added, “That’s…that’s…evil.”
Ben Kew, editor of the political news site Human Events, tweeted“I know we on the right probably use the word satanic too often, but this performance by Sam Smith is literally a tribute to Satan.”
Charlie Kirk, political commentator and founder of Turning Point USA, also noted that an ad for pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which has developed a COVID-19 vaccine, appeared at the end of Smith and Petras’ performance.
“The Devil. Brought to you by Pfizer…,” Kirk tweeted.
Robby Starbuck, a former GOP congressional candidate for Tennessee’s 5th District, tweeted, “People like Sam Smith who like to poke fun at Christianity and use satanic themes still think they’re super pissed artists doing it. It’s actually not edgy. It’s boring, vile, repetitive shock tactics that Hollywood seals applaud because they’re evil and dumb.”
Asked about the supposedly diabolical performance backstage at the Grammys, Petras said she was inspired by not feeling accepted by religion.
“I think a lot of people, honestly, have kind of labeled what I stand for and what Sam stands for as religiously uncool, and I personally grew up questioning religion and wanting to be a part of it, but slowly realizing that wasn’t the case. I don’t want me to be a part of it,” she said.
“So it’s a take on not being able to choose religion. And not being able to live the way people want you to live because as a trans person I’m already not wanted at all in religion. So we were doing a take on that and I was kind of the guardian of hell Kim.”