Controversy surrounds David Bowie’s latest release from his long awaited album “The Next Day”. The singer/songwriter appears to have been replaced with the female, skeletal figure of Santa Muerte.
Fans have been left perplexed by the absence of Bowie in his own video. “I was expecting to see the Thin White Duke,” said one fan “not Boney Maronie!”. Bowie (b.1947) has a reputation as "a taboo-breaker” but people have been genuinely shocked by images of a robed skeleton gyrating in a basement bar wailing in an atonal manner.
The three-minute feature has already been simultaneously removed from YouTube and condemned by the Catholic Church. The president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, has condemned it as "blasphemous" and “not a touch on the androgynous Ziggy years.”
Imagery of the Death Saint has a long association with Mexico's drug cartels, but this is the first time such pain and despair has been given a sound. Cardinal Ravasi spoke at a series of events in Mexico City appealing for the calm: “Although this is a cult…an aged cult…an utter cult…it surely cannot be as bad as Tin Machine.”