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Katy Perry edits new video after Muslim backlash

Petition signed by 50,000 people against clip showing a man on fire wearing a necklace with the word ‘Allah’ written in Arabic

Katy Perry edits new video after Muslim backlash

American pop star Katy Perry has edited the video for her latest single Dark Horse after a backlash by Muslims and a petition labelling it blasphemous called for it to be banned on YouTube.

More than 50,000 people had signed an online petition filed by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford who described the video as “highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy”, the Huffington Post reported.

The signatories had taken particular offence at a scene in which Katy zaps a man wearing a necklace with the word ‘Allah’ written in Arabic.

An explanation that accompanied the petition said: “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.”

The Post said most of the signatories were from Britain but the petition had also been signed by supporters from Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar.

However, the video has now been edited on Youtube to remove the Allah symbol and the petition has now been closed.

“Guys I'm thrilled to let you all know the name of Allah has been removed from the 'Dark Horse' video we couldn't have done it without everyone's support so I thank each and every one of you deeply, our voices have been heard! God bless you all,” Shazad Iqbal said in a statement.

“This clearly shows that our voice has been heard, having gained so much publicity on the matter and by getting everybody talking we have put the message out there that such inappropriate material will not be accepted,” he added.

The video for “Dark Horse” - the third single from Katy's new album ‘Prism’ - has attracted 33 million views on YouTube.

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John Harte 6 years ago

Once again fanatical extremists raise the level of contempt and dislike felt across the world for these people and who they claim to represent.

And they wonder why?

Fadhel 6 years ago

it is just not historically write this sign or any of the new languages wasn't there but there are many funny capture of the 20th century now a day in the scenes and I m not offended as Muslim.

Lone Star 6 years ago

@John: I am not sure who is fanatical here. I see nothing wrong with the way these viewers expressed their opinion. They petitioned and made their voice heard in a civilized way.

"Fanatical" is when someone takes things into their own hands and violently protests.

Perhaps you are fanatical about suppressing other people, who believe something different than you.

Defender 6 years ago

@John Harte - why don't you keep your British-Christian nose out of Muslim affairs .. eh??

RJA 6 years ago

Since the video seems to be set hundreds maybe thousands of years before the founding of Islam, why not look at the presence of Allah's name as a positive and not a negative. Couldn't it be interpreted that : Allah is eternal and even before Islam was founded on earth he established his presence to combat the heathen rituals depicted in the video. Just saying....

MT3 6 years ago

Thankfully, a group of British Muslims used a legitimate and reasonable way to register their protest and they were listenned to, showing that the Western run music company and the Christian pop star were equally reasonable once they realised they had inadvertently caused offence. This all occured in a country whose constitution preserves the right of all, regardless of their faith, to practice their religion free from abuse. This is how it should be - sadly as John Harte and Defender demonstrate this is not always the case; lose the hate guys.

Meh 6 years ago

Oh yeah, that makes perfect sense. So in theory if I create a music video or any other video set 200 years ago... And in the video I have someone pee on a picture of you, that's ok... Because well you didn't exist 200 years ago, and you might even take it as a compliment that someone was actually thinking of you before you even existed!
Just saying...

Meh 6 years ago

Ummm...I'm not quite sure what you mean....could you clarify who the fanatics are, and what contempt is felt for "these people".

mazar fakher 6 years ago

fanatical is when a supermarket decides to ban Lurpak butter because of some stupid cartoon but then continues to sell pork. That's what fanatical is.