The worldwide Muslim community has launched a petition demanding removal of the U.S. singer Katy Perry’s music video for ‘Dark Horse’ from the Youtube video channel “for using the name of Allah in a distasteful manner.”
In the video Katy Perry plays the role of an evil tyrant using black magic to control and destroy her male suitors for their belongings.
At some point in the video, a man is shown wearing two pendants, one of which says Allah [meaning God in Arabic]. Perry, who plays a queen-like figure, zaps the man with lightning and he disintegrates into sand, his Allah pendant disappearing with him.
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Petitioners argue that the pop diva made a blasphemous video.
The petition has garnered over 30,000 signatures so far and urges “people from different walks of life, different religions and from different parts of the world” to agree that the video promotes blasphemy using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner.
Dark Horse is Perry’s third single off her new album ‘Prism’ and features American rapper Juicy J. The hip-hop infused pop song is currently sitting at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list.
The international pop star released the music video on Feb. 20 on her official Twitter page to her more than 50 million followers. It currently has about 30 million views.