Right-wing media figures condemned the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite-sex couples at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, describing the ceremony as an attack on Christianity.
Grammys Featured Weddings Of 33 Couples
Queen Latifah Officiated The Weddings Of 33 Couples During 56th Annual Grammy Awards. According to The New York Times:
In what Grammy organizers hoped would be a heartwarming showstopper, 33 gay and straight couples were officially married -- by Queen Latifah, deputized by Los Angeles County -- during a performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's marriage-equality anthem “Same Love,” which also featured Madonna. [The New York Times, 1/27/14]
Right-Wing Media Criticized The Ceremony As An Attack On Christians
Fox News' Todd Starnes: “Sick.” Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes posted a series of tweets condemning the ceremony, saying that the weddings were “sick,” “bashing God,” “mocking marriage,” and “cramming a social agenda down our throats” :
Breitbart.com: “A Culture War Missile Aimed At Those Who Believe In A Traditional Definition Of Marriage.” In an article titled “Gay Marriages Interrupt Grammys' Universal Reach,” Breitbart's Christian Toto wrote:
For one night, an awards show understood what it meant to appeal to the masses. And then the 2014 Grammy Awards fired off a culture war missile aimed at those who believe in a traditional definition of marriage. [Breitbart.com, 1/26/14]
Media Research Center's Tim Graham: Ceremony Was “Musical Agitprop To Mock ... Traditional Values.” Graham took to the MRC's blog to denounce the ceremony before it even occurred, writing:
They can say this is not a stunt, but that's exactly what it is, a piece of musical agitprop to mock the traditional values of conservative American Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others. Entertainers never want to have a debate, just a series of arrogant “statements” with no opportunity for a conversation as they flush the Bible on national TV. [Media Research Center, 1/26/14]
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft: Ceremony “Bashed Conservative Christians.” In a post for his Gateway Pundit blog, Hoft wrote:
Madonna, Queen Latifah and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis held a mass wedding at the Grammys tonight in L.A.
But not before they bashed conservative Christians.
In “Same Love” the rapper Macklemore attacked conservatives:
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God
Ahh, nah, here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten
Then Madonna appeared with a cane(?) and Queen Latifah married 33 couples, gay and straight.
It was all about true love - as long as you agree with them. If you don't agree, you get ridiculed and attacked. [TheGatewayPundit.com, 1/26/14]
American Family Association's Bryan Fischer: “Grammy Telecast To Feature Sodomy-Based Wedding Ceremonies.” Prior to the ceremony, AFA spokesman Fischer tweeted: