|One of the men who appears in the video is wearing a pendant with the word “Allah.”|
Pop singer Katy Perry has come under fire from Muslims worldwide for a “blasphemous” act in her latest music video, “Dark Horse,” reports Al Bawaba.
Perry plays an overly stereotypical Egyptian queen who rejects suitors by zapping them with lightning and turning them into sand. One of these men is wearing a pendant that adorns the word “Allah,” or “God” in Arabic. As he is burned, the pendant is as well.
A petition on Change.org urges “YouTube to remove Katy Perry’s video ‘Dark Horse’ from their website,” and over 60,000 people have already signed it.
It states: The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy.
At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word ‘Allah’, which is the Arabic word for God.
Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.
Perry so far has declined to comment on the backlash, but she stated last week the goal of the clip was to merge Egyptian culture with Memphis culture, a nod to Juicy J, the Tennessee rapper who also appears in her song and video.
However, on Thursday, February 27, a modified version of the video appeared on Youtube with the “allah” symbol blurred out.
The backlash doesn’t seem to have negatively impacted Perry at all. The video has already garnered over 35 million Youtube views in less than a week after its release, and the song sits at #1 on the Billboard charts.