Saturday, December 20, 2014

David Bowie's 'Jesus video' for "The Next Day," starring Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman

Corrupt priests and dancing girls with stigmata; the Catholic League is not pleased.

David Bowie's 'Jesus video' for "The Next Day," starring Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman

So far, David Bowie has made good on his promise to not tour in support of The Next Day, his potent comeback album (his first in 10 years) which came out in March. 

The Thin White Duke is doing a good job, however, of keeping himself in the news in the absence of any live dates. After featuring actress Tilda Swinton in the clip for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," he ups the ante with the video for the album's title track, which features British actor Gary Oldman, who plays a corrupt priest, and Oscar winning French thespian Marion Cotillard, who depicts a dancing girl afflicted with stigmata.

Bowie himself appears as a Christlike rock singer in a decadent lounge full of sinning clerics, whom Oldman lashes out at after Cotillard begins spewing blood from her wrists.  Like "The Stars," the at times NSFW video was directed by Floria Sigismondi.

This morning, the New York-based Catholic League for Religous and Civil Rights' sent out a response to what they termed Bowie's '"Jesus" video'  that called the 66 year old Bowie "the switch hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London ... playing a Jesus-like character who hangs out in a nightclub dump frequented by priests, cardinals and half naked women."

UPDATE: The video was taken down by YouTube for a short time on Wednesday afternoon "because its content violates YouTube's Terms of Service." But later in the day, the web video streaming service put the clip back up, telling Billboard: "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it."

View the video below.

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