I did not watch the Grammy’s but the internet is certainly “abuzz” with the “highlights” of the evening:
- Beyonce and Jay-Z performing a hyper-sexualized duet to huge applause.
- Queen Latifah performing a marriage ceremony for 33 gay and straight couples.
- Katy Perry performing “Dark Horse” to images of witches, demons, “broom” pole dancing, and being “burned at the stake”.
What I want to know is why are we surprised that this type of “entertainment” is now so “in your face” and “mainstream”?
Beyonce would not perform a song like “Drunk in Love” (with lyrics which are disturbing and explicit) if people didn’t buy her music. The woman would not present herself in the most sexual manner possible if people stopped screaming their approval.
Do you really think the Grammy’s would pass up the chance to make their political statement about gay marriage after the Rose Bowl Parade successfully opened the way with very little fanfare or major reaction?
Katy Perry’s performance of Dark Horse wasn’t all that different from the concert performances of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, or Ozzie Ozborne back in the day except it’s worldwide audience. The difference from then and now is the occult (witches, vampires, ghosts, etc) have become popular in media and (mostly) accepted in mainstream America.
So what can we do in response as Christians in a corrupt world?
The examples of Mandisa (who did not attend despite winning a Grammy) and Natalie Grant (who left early and maybe should have just not gone herself) go a long way in suggesting we not celebrate as the world does (as we now know the award shows have little to do with musical or entertainment accomplishment).
Maybe we follow these two women in their example and not watch these award shows at all. We know what to expect—decadence, provocative performances, political diatribe. We know these programs are no longer “family friendly”. Why not just choose something else?
How about not buying the music, not going to the movie, skipping the concert of these musicians and start supporting the ones who are trying to do something positive through their lyrics, stories, movies, and performances?
We can do our part to be an active participant in the mission which we are tasked with—-live the Gospel.