Sabrina Carpenter's 'Feather' Music Video Filmed in NYC Catholic Church Leaves Brooklyn Diocese 'Appalled'

The pop star released the horror-inspired visual for her hit song "Feather" on Tuesday

<p>Sabrina Carpenter/Youtube</p> Sabrina Carpenter in the music video for "Feather"

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Sabrina Carpenter in the music video for "Feather"

Sabrina Carpenter’s music video has ruffled some feathers.

Two days after the pop star, 24, released the music video for her hit song “Feather,” a Catholic bishop is taking issue with the fact that she filmed part of the visual in and outside of a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Diocese of Brooklyn shared a statement with the Catholic News Agency on Thursday, stating that Bishop Robert Brennan “is appalled at what was filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn.”

<p>Matt Winkelmeyer/Variety via Getty</p> Sabrina Carpenter in Hollywood in August 2023

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Sabrina Carpenter in Hollywood in August 2023

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The Diocese claimed to the outlet that the Blessed Virgin Mary Church did not follow the protocol in place to approve what gets filmed on Church property.

The statement continued, “The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script.”

According to Catholic News Agency, the parish is said to have told the diocese that the production company behind the music video “failed to accurately represent the video content.”

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The statement also shared that Bishop Brennan “is taking this matter seriously and will be looking into it further.”

A rep for Carpenter did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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In the breakup anthem's music video, directed by Mia Barnes, shots of the 19th century church open the video, and Carpenter is later seen wearing a black tulle dress and veil, dancing around its pews and altar.

The horror-inspired visual, which feels resonant of movies like Jennifer’s Body and Promising Young Woman, finds the “Nonsense” singer feeling “lighter like a feather” after killing and witnessing the deaths of men who treated her inappropriately by catcalling and mansplaining to her, and taking a photo up her skirt without her consent.

<p>Steven Simione/FilmMagic</p> Sabrina Carpenter in West Hollywood in February 2023

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Sabrina Carpenter in West Hollywood in February 2023

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As she dances around the church’s altar — decorated in memorabilia for the deceased's funerals — it's as if the former Disney Channel star reveals she's not grieving their deaths, despite looking like she's in mourning.

At the end of the clip, Carpenter also drives away from the house of worship in a pink hearse.

In just two days since its debut, the video for the song off the deluxe version of the hitmaker’s acclaimed 2022 album Emails I Can’t Send has garnered 2.4 million views on YouTube.

After the video went viral, the “Because I Liked a Boy” singer expressed her gratitude on Instagram. Along with a portion of the video, she wrote, “1 million views in less than 24 hrs ooooo dear,” in the caption. “thank you all so much💗 tell me ya favorite part of the video!”

Upon its release, Carpenter also shared on Instagram a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the project. In the caption, she also shouted out her “outstanding crew for executing the camp of my dreams.”

Carpenter is hardly the first pop star to cause controversy among the Catholic Church or religious groups. Madonna’s music video for her 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” was famously condemned by the Vatican, Catholic groups found Lady Gaga’s “Judas” off 2011’s Born This Way to be offensive and, more recently, Lil Nas X received criticism from conservative Christians for his “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” visual. 

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