Katy Perry video “blasphemous”

By Petro-Anne Vlok
27 February 2014

Katy Perry is having a bad week. Not only has she split from John Mayer, her new music video has religious groups fuming.

Katy Perry’s new music video has landed the pop star in hot water. In the video for Dark Horse she plays an Egyptian queen who disintegrates suitors into sand. An eagle-eyed viewer, Shazad Iqbal, of the UK noticed one of the suitors wears a pendant, which is also destroyed, with the Arabic word for God on it.

He launched a petition on Change.org asking for the clip to be removed from YouTube as is blasphemous and offensive.

In the petition Iqbal writes: "Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be 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."

About 65 000 people signed his petition and the pendant was digitally removed from the music video.

This isn’t the first time Perry’s caused uproar. Last year she was criticised after some viewers found her geisha-themed performance at the American Music Awards offensive.

Watch Perry’s video – in which the Allah pendant has been removed – here:

-Petro-Anne Vlok

SOURCES: time.com, bbc.com, billboard.com, eonline.com

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