Pfizer sponsoring the Grammy Awards this year has sparked controversy on social media following Sam Smith and Kim Petras performing their song Unholy.
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Pfizer comes under fire for sponsoring Sam Smith’s Unholy Grammy performance
Sam Smith and Kim Petras performed their viral song Unholy at the 2023 Grammy Awards this Sunday.
However, their performance was deemed ‘satanic’ after Smith was seen wearing devil horns when he took the stage at the Recording Academy.
Meanwhile, a commercial for Pfizer was played immediately after their performance which led netizens to question the company sponsoring it.
In addition, a spokesperson of the pharmaceutical company released a statement to Newsweek to address the issue.
They said, ‘We sponsored the overall Grammy’s event, not any particular performance. Beyond that, we don’t comment on our efforts to raise awareness.’
Why is @pfizer sponsoring unholy satanic performances at the Grammys?
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) February 6, 2023
Although their performance garnered significant backlash on the internet, Smith and Petras made history by winning the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at Grammys.
The Stay With Me singer became the first non-binary musician to win the award while Petras was the first transgender woman.
Smith came out as non-binary in 2019 and uses they/them pronouns. Petras on the other hand underwent gender confirmation surgery when she was only sixteen years old.
Besides that, the track Unholy was dropped in September 2022 and has been topping several charts since its release.
The Grammys was held on 5th February at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. The show included many iconic moments including Harry Styles bagging the acclaimed Album of the Year award for Harry’s House.
.@samsmith and @kimpetras win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for #Unholy, making Kim the first transgender woman to ever win this award at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/wNdlM3PcvE
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) February 6, 2023
Netizens slam Pfizer for sponsoring Sam Smith’s Unholy performance
Many internet users including multiple right-wing politicians took to social media to call out Pfizer for Sam Smith’s controversial Grammy performance.
Liz Wheeler, a political commentator wrote, ‘Don’t fight the culture wars, they say. Meanwhile, demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up.’
Don’t fight the culture wars, they say. Meanwhile demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 6, 2023
Additionally, Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA simply penned, ‘The Devil. Brought to you by Pfizer.’
Furthermore, someone else added, ‘Sam Smith has a SATANIC Grammys performance & it’s sponsored by Pfizer. You can’t make this stuff up.’
Sam Smith has a SATANIC Grammys performance & it’s sponsored by Pfizer
You can’t make this stuff up pic.twitter.com/AG9a0uZWJe
— E (@ElijahSchaffer) February 6, 2023
A different user chimed in to say, ‘They really ran the “sponsored by Pfizer” right after the Satanic demon performance at the Grammys. This stuff is getting too obvious.’
They really ran the “sponsored by Pfizer” right after the Satanic demon performance at the Grammys.
This stuff is getting too obvious.
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) February 6, 2023
Another user claimed, ‘To make matters worse, the Grammys award show that featured Sam Smith’s debauchery was sponsored by none other than Pfizer.’
To make matters worse, the Grammys award show that featured Sam Smith’s debauchery was sponsored by none other than Pfizer. ? pic.twitter.com/JV7ySdB2jw
— Dominique Samuels (@Dominiquetaegon) February 6, 2023