The artists C. Tangana and Nathy Peluso have published their last joint song at midnight this Friday: ‘Atheist’. The video clip of the song was recorded during the month of September in different spaces of the Cathedral of Toledo, including the Chapter House, with images that are not leaving the public indifferent, especially considering the setting in which they were shot.
Among the sensual dances with which both interpret ‘Ateo’ you can see controversial scenes such as that of Nathy Peluso naked raising the decapitated head of C. Tangana as a trophy, or the Madrid artist holding the Argentine composer by the hair. Images that -until the writing of this article- already had more than 700,000 views on YouTube.
Precisely, the promotional cover on the music platforms that has been published is inspired by one of the wall paintings in the Chapter House. In it, as Cristina Torreblanca collected on Twitter, a woman is held by the hair by a demon to prevent her salvation in the Last Judgment, which could have inspired the aforementioned action.
During the video clip, various scenes can also be seen in which personalities such as the actor Brays Efe, the journalist Josep Pedrerol or the actress and presenter Cayetana Guillén Cuervo appear. Precisely, in a promotional video for the song, a television show hosted by Guillén Cuervo is parodied in which they talk about “controversial images” or “provocation” that, in Pedrerol’s opinion, both artists seek to generate with this theme.
The Archdiocese of Toledo has reacted to “the controversy” of this video through two statements. The first has been that of the dean of the Primate Council, Juan Miguel Ferrer, who argues that the story of the song represents a “conversion through human love” and that he opposes “the understanding and acceptance of the Church” to certain attitudes of “intolerance”. ”As manifested, in his opinion, in the final sequences of the video. This song’s lyrics stand out: “I was an atheist, but now I believe, because a miracle like you had to come down from heaven.” But he omits another part that says the following: “I want to make religion to your hair, to your mouth and to your face. And that the Virgin of Almudena forgive me. The things that I do in your bed.”
“It is true that the video uses provocative visual language, but it does not affect faith. It is a language typical of the culture of our time and the good that it can produce in those far away has been attended to ”, he highlights. However, he says he regrets that some people “may dislike it” and apologize “if it has hurt their sensitivity.” He concludes by emphasizing that the purpose has been “exclusively to promote dialogue with contemporary culture, always preserving the faith of the Church.” “The Primate Cathedral has tried to maintain a sincere dialogue with the cultural manifestations of the moment, trying to respond to what the Church asks of us today,” he concludes.
And, subsequently, it has been the Archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Cerro Chaves, who contradicts that expressed by the dean of the Cathedral, and asks “humbly and sincerely forgiveness to all the lay faithful, consecrated people and priests, who have felt justly hurt for this misuse of a sacred place. ” Cerro Chaves assures that “he was absolutely unaware of the existence of this project, its content and the final result” which “regrets and disapproves of the images recorded in the first temple of the Archdiocese.”
Likewise, it has promised to “review the procedure followed to prevent something similar from happening again.” For this, a protocol for the recording of images for public dissemination in any temple of the Archdiocese will be drawn up “immediately.”
It so happens that, after the controversy generated by the removal of the promotional poster for Zahara’s concert in Toledo Last September, the Archdiocese of Toledo stated that “it is never tolerable that under the protection of a false freedom of expression, with mockery of our sacred realities, the religious feelings of thousands of citizens are seriously injured.”