"Atheist": Heißes Musikvideo in Kathedrale sorgt in Spanien für gespaltene Reaktionen

10 Oct. 2021 16:25 Uhr

A music video filmed in Toledo Cathedral by two Latino pop stars stirs the spirits in Spain. The hot clip “Ateo” (in German “Atheist”) has already garnered over 3.7 million views just 48 hours after it was released on YouTube.

A music video released on YouTube on Friday sparked heated discussions in Spain. The newspapers The country and The world even write of a war within the church. In the video for the song “Ateo” (in German “Atheist”), the 31-year-old Spanish rapper C. Tangana and the 26-year-old Argentine singer Nathy Peluso dance close together with sensual hip movements. The bachata-style song, a musical genre from the Dominican Republic, garnered more than 3.7 million views on Sunday lunchtime, just 48 hours after it was released on YouTube.

On the video portal, a large number of viewers commented positively on the clip from Toledo Cathedral. Some praised the piece as a true work of art. Readers of the renowned journal The world spoke of a shame and a provocation in the online comments over the weekend. In interviews, church officials unanimously criticized the song as an insult.

The Archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Cerro, apologized and disapproved of the images taken. He knew “absolutely nothing about this project”.

“We humbly and sincerely ask for forgiveness of all lay people, consecrated persons and priests who have rightly felt offended by this misuse of a holy place.”

The dean of Toledo Cathedral, however, justified the approval for the shoot: The video shows the story of a conversion through human love, wrote Juan Miguel Ferrer Grensche. The dean emphasizes that the text of the song is precise, who also quotes C. Tangana in his communiqué:

“I used to be an atheist, but now I believe because a miracle like you must have come from heaven.”

With the permission to shoot, they wanted to “intensify the dialogue with contemporary culture”.

The 13th century church Catedral de Santa María de la Asunción de Toledo is the cathedral of the archbishopric. It is one of the main works of Spanish Gothic.

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