As of late, I have been seeing more and more material circulating on social media regarding a semi-recent influx in mockery of the Catholic religion. I say semi-recent because there have always been parodies of Catholicism, but it has escalated within the past few years or so, I would say.
In case you didn’t hear about it already, Kanye West recently found himself in hot water because of anti-semitic commentary and behaviour. He got lambasted for it, and understandably so; we’re living in the year 2022 and anti-semitism isn’t exactly tolerated as much as it was in the past.
I’ll make mention of the fact I have Jewish ancestry through my mom’s family, so I personally didn’t appreciate Kanye’s latest outburst.
What I find interesting, though, is that Kanye West being anti-sematic garnered widespread media attention and public ridicule, but any anti-Catholic messages being spread by anyone or anything is not being challenged or ridiculed, and worse, it’s almost as though it’s being accepted.
A recent example would be Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s Halloween costume. The celebrity couple posted images to Instagram of themselves in a Halloween ‘costume’ which consisted of Kelly dressing as a priest and giving the host to Fox with a chain tied around her neck like a leash and her kneeling before him dressed in lingerie.
Here’s a picture of it, coming from Fox’s Instagram page.
If this isn’t an example of mockery, insult and disrespect to Catholicism, I’m not really sure what is.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly aren’t the only celebrities to be portraying anti-Catholic messages. A variety of singers blatantly display satanic and occult symbolism in their music videos, some specific examples being Lil Nas in his “Montero” video, Katy Perry in her “Dark Horse” video, a few videos by Ariana Granda, and subtle references in a shit load of others.
Is satanic symbolism a direct attack against Catholicism? Yes and no. It might not be as blunt in its message when you compare it to anti-semitism, but it is blasphemous.
Isn’t it a wee bit of a double standard to be strict in intolerance of antisemitism but not anti-Catholicism? Just a thought.