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Allegations Of Religious Insensitivity: Asake’s ‘Only Me’ Video Criticized

Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Asake has triggered controversy and faced allegations of “mocking” Christianity in the music video for his latest track, “Only Me.”

In the video, Asake is seen wearing Christian attire, complete with a halo above his head, while throwing money at dancers adorned in similar attire who subsequently collapse.

The video, which premiered on Thursday, has garnered widespread criticism on various social media platforms.

Critics have voiced their concerns about Asake’s repeated disrespect towards the Christian faith in his music videos. One user on X commented, “Asake keeps disrespecting the Christian faith in his music videos.”

The dancers in the video repeatedly chant the refrain “We get money,” seemingly portraying a narrative of self-centeredness, though some interpret it as a satirical take on charismatic preachers.

Numerous social media users have condemned the video as blasphemous. “Asake is mocking Christians with his blasphemous music video,” stated another user on X.

This isn’t the first instance where Asake has faced backlash for incorporating Christian imagery into his music videos. Last year, he received criticism for the video of “Bandana,” his collaboration with Fireboy DML, which featured black goats inside a church while individuals in the pews displayed flames above their heads.

Calls have emerged from Asake’s fans urging him to remove the contentious video. “Shame on you man. I’m a big fan of your music but the depictions in your latest video are absolutely insane,” expressed one disappointed fan.

Another comment on Instagram pleaded, “Please bring down this video. This is an insult to our Christian faith. Do your music but respect people’s religions.”

On the other side, he was recently nominated for the 55th NAACP Image Awards for his song “Amapiano.”

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