Pastor disciplined after pop singer Sabrina Carpenter uses NYC church for provocative music video

Carpenter, who as a youth appeared on the Disney Channel, released the video for “Feather” on Oct. 31; in it, she’s in several scenarios with men who behave badly, like taking a nonconsensual photo of her body, and then die in grisly ways.{snip}

Sabrina Carpenter
Sabrina Carpenter performs on the second day of the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Aug. 4, 2023, in Chicago. AMY HARRIS/INVISION/AP, FILE

The day after its release, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which oversees the Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens, issued a statement saying that proper procedures around allowing filming had not been followed and it was “appalled.”

A few days later, the diocese stripped administrative duties away from the church pastor, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, and ended his stint as vicar of development for the diocese.

The diocese said Bishop Robert Brennan also celebrated a Mass of Reparation at the church and “through the offering of this Mass, Bishop Brennan has restored the sanctity of this church and repaired the harm.”


Emails seeking comment were sent to representatives for Carpenter and the video director, Mia Barnes.

In a post on Facebook following those actions asking for the church community’s forgiveness, Gigantiello said a film crew had come to them in September, and that he allowed filming after not finding anything untoward in a search of the participants. He said he had agreed as an “effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community.”


Carpenter was in the Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” series that ran from 2014-2017 and has been singing for several years. Her music video has been viewed 12 million times on YouTube since its release.

Carpenter announced the release of the video on Instagram on Halloween. She posted a series of images from the making of the video, including one of her splattered with fake blood and one of her wearing a crop top with the lyric, “You act like a b****.”

Sabrina Carpenter – Feather (Official Video) by SabrinaCarpenterVEVO on YouTube
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