America is the greatest country on earth. It is. I have said many times and will say, many more, that I feel blessed to have been born a citizen of these United States. A country built on faith and freedom.
In fact, our Constitution ensures that even wing-nuts like Nicki Minaj have the right to express their opinions openly.
And that's great - because it also affords so many of us an opportunity to underscore what a complete and utter moron she is.
As you surely know by now, Ms. Minaj, who grew up in Queens but was born in Trinidad, gave a performance at last week's Grammy awards which has angered, incensed, befuddled and bewildered just about everyone who had the great misfortune of seeing it.
Apparently, she re-enacted an exorcism, complete with a faux Pope and enough levitating and spinning to scare the hex out of Linda Blair.
Personally, I opted out of watching the spectacle after seeing her entrance in a red-hooded, floor-length concoction that was adorned on the front by a likeness of the devil.
As a Catholic, a Christian, a mother and a person of faith, I was aghast. "Oh, my heavens," thought I.
Perhaps Angie Albright, originally of Niles, put it best when she said, "Well, I'd tell that crazy chick where to go, but it seems she's already prepped and ready for the ride straight down."
Indeed, Minaj is only drafting off the shock-value performances of so many publicity and fortune-seeking musical artists who've gone before her, trying to offer something so over the top that folks have no choice but to talk about it, even if only in head-scratching disgust.
Forget that television executives took the coward's way out by allowing the obscenely offensive performance to take flight. Never mind that this young woman is just the latest in a long line of poor role models who has chosen explosive exploitation over talent while performing live. Ignore that the entire issue is an affront on the very fiber of faith, family, and morality that our forefathers had in mind when they penned that little bit of paperwork outlining our national freedoms, rights and privileges so very long ago.
Yes, excepting all that, the real scorcher here is that Minaj is gambling with her very soul. For what; money? Mansions? Fast cars?
Hmm again - and another, "Oh, my heavens," for good measure.
Look, all I know is that, as appalled as I was by her entire presence last Sunday, I was even more impressed by LL Cool J's touching prayer at the show's beginning, when he prayed publicly for the late Whitney Houston. The cameras panned the crowd to show the artists - even Lady Gaga! - bowed in prayer. Amen to that.
Not sure what Minaj was doing during the moment of reverence but one thing's for sure.
If she doesn't clean up her act before her final curtain, that red carpet she finds herself walking down might just lead to one hell of an after(life) party.
Oh well, at least she's got something to wear!
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her with heavenly thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.