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David Bowie's 'The Next Day' clip attacked by Catholic League

By Eric R. Danton
Rolling Stone

Not everyone is excited about David Bowie's return: The Catholic League Tuesday attacked the singer's new video for "The Next Day," calling it the work of a "switch-hitting, bisexual senior citizen from London" that "is strewn with characteristic excess."

Catholic League president Bill Donohue made his comments in a statement posted on the group's website. Bowie wrote and Floria Sigismondi directed the video, which features Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard. The clip shows priests frolicking with scantily clad women in a nightclub where a Christ-like singer, played by Bowie, is performing. One of the women, played by Cotillard, develops stigmata, and Bowie disappears in a wink, presumably to ascend into heaven.

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"In short, the video reflects the artist -- it is a mess," Donohue wrote, noting Bowie's statements over the years about various faiths and dogmas demonstrate the singer "is nothing if not confused about religion."

The Catholic League and Donohue have criticized entertainers for insufficient piety before, including Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show," Jamie Foxx and Bill Maher.

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Donohue wasn't the only one to take issue with the video for "The Next Day": YouTube briefly pulled the clip Tuesday for violating its terms of service before restoring it a few hours later. "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call," a YouTube spokesperson told Billboard. The song comes from Bowie's latest album, 'The Next Day,' which came out in March.

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39Comments
May 10, 2013 9:00AM
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He must be missing the sex encounter days with Mick Jagger.
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maybe the video would have been better had it showed catholic priests frolicking with scantily clad choir boys... then it would have been a lot more realistic!

hey CATHOLICS... don't thrown stones in a glass house and all that... clean up yuor OWN act before you criticize others... you are in no position to criticize ANYONE at this point... protecting pedophiles is a bit more evil than a suggestive video... so STFU!

May 10, 2013 6:54AM
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It is better to see catholic priests frolicking with scantly clad girls, rather than scantly clad alter boys.  I think it is a great shot at the catholic church. I needs a good bitch slapping. And as a former catholic and alter boy. I reserve the right to say that.
May 10, 2013 6:14AM
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Bill Donohue, unfunny Catholic troll.
May 10, 2013 6:04AM
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Bowie still alive? Him and Madonna should tour together on the "The Irrelevant" tour.

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