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Eric Church's Inflatable Satan Cause Controversy With Fans

12/17/2014
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(Radio.com) Eric Church isn't quite living up to his last name with his latest arena tour, which features a giant inflatable Satan (named Lou C. Fer) for Church's song 'Devil, Devil (Prelude: Prince of Darkness)."

While the move would hardly turn a head in the rock world, in the traditionally more conservative country landscape, he's predictably seeing a bit of a backlash. As reported by Saving Country Music, some fans are voicing their disapproval.

'From one of the biggest music lovers: Eric Church, you have some great songs and I have been around since your 'Workplay' days, however your concert in Bham tonight was disheartening," said concertgoer Allyson Protho. 'A ginormous Satan'. No thank you' Children were at that concert' That should be enough said right there."

The article notes that the devil is "wearing a 'Nashville' belt buckle made of an upside down pentagram, symbolizing the greed and malfeasance of the country music business and Music Row." Is this hypocrisy on the part of Church or simply a playful, grand gesture? Is he not appropriate for children? Or is he just another example of country music being not as far from mainstream rock and pop norms than we once thought?

See the devilish prop in action in the video here.

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