Known for her humor and weird costumes, Katy Perry is facing another controversy as she is being criticized by angry Muslims in her new music video “Dark Horse” because according to them, it is “blasphemous.”
In the said video, Perry plays a powerful Egyptian queen who turns suitors into sand. One of the suitors is wearing a necklace with a pendant fashioned into an Arabic word which means Allah. The suitor is turned into sand, including the pendant. (Click HERE to see a photo of the pendant from Change.org.)
Muslims all over the world are reportedly outraged because of the disrespect the controversial video has caused to their religion. It is being viewed as “blasphemous.”
Shazrad Iqbalfrom Bradford even launched a petition at Change.org to remove the video, which has 31 million likes to date, from YouTube. As of Feb. 24, 2014, there were already 44,119 signatures.
According to BBC, these signatures have come not only from the UK but also from the U.S., Lebanon, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Morocco.
“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,” explained Iqbal in the BBC report.
He also said that using God’s name in an irrelevant and distasteful manner is considered inappropriate by any religion.
“My only request is to all artists in the music industry: You have wealth, fame and success – please do not use the foundations of other religions in a mockery to carry out your fame,” added Iqbal.
BBC tried to reach Perry’s record label and YouTube, but they have yet to respond regarding the said issue.
As of Feb. 26, 2014, the online petition has been closed with 65, 261 supporters. Iqbal thanked everyone who has supported the cause.
“Although the petition will be closed, the cause shall not be abandoned and I feel we have accomplished a lot in a peaceful manner as intended and I look forward to hearing on the progress made,” said Iqbal on the Change.org online petition.
As can be recalled, Perry was previously criticized for her performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards, with the audience viewing it as “satanic.”
According to the Huffington Post, Natalie Grant, a Christian gospel singer, was reportedly offended by the said performance, forcing her to leave the ceremony.
Amidst the controversies about Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video being “blasphemous” to Muslims, she will still continue with her World Tour. Perry will be in Australia in November 2014 as part of “The Prismatic” World Tour.