When Sam Smith and Kim Petras released “Unholy” in August 2022, it was an instant hit on TikTok. The sultry, sexual track has an unbleeped profanity, and the lyrics are downright pornographic. This is a far cry from the “Stay With Me” singer’s previous work, and many people have been offended by the devil visuals in the music video. Others have gone so far as to accuse the duo of introducing kids to Satan worship.
The song tells the story of a man cheating on his wife with a sex worker at the Body Shop. He’s not able to keep the affair secret, and everyone is gossiping about him. Smith chastises the cheater and warns him that his wife is going to kick him out of the house if she finds out.
In addition to the song’s explicit content, the music video features an extremely sexy scene with Kim Petras. The pair is seen in a bedroom getting intimate, and the whole thing has an air of sexual perversion. The video has received over 200 million views on YouTube, and it has been the subject of much controversy.
Some people have been offended by the video, but they are missing the point. The video is meant to show how bad infidelity is, and that God will punish cheaters. The devil visuals fit perfectly into this theme and enhance the song’s meaning. The people who were offended actually have a better argument than those who say the video is satanic.