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Muslims call for new Katy Perry video to be banned

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

Muslims call for new Katy Perry video to be banned

American pop star Katy Perry has come under fire from Muslims over the video clip for her latest single Dark Horse, with a petition labelling it blasphemous and calling for it to be banned on YouTube.

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

The signatories have 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 report said most of the signatories are from Britain but the petition has also been signed by supporters from Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar.

The video for Dark Horse - the third single from Katy's new album Prism - has attracted 33m views on YouTube.

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Mohammed 6 years ago

This show how the shallow people are, the pendant is the logo of (Maybach Music Group) or (MMG) and you can log into wikipedia and check it.

as for being (god), katy perry presenting a story of ancient gods, whether you like it or not, this is an ancient egyptian history.

John Harte 6 years ago

Muslims in Britain should remember that there are no blasphemy laws in the UK, they were abolished years ago......all things are open to comment, criticism and even ridicule. Those are British freedoms. If Muslims in the UK find this offensive, then leave.

Syed Haq 6 years ago

@John, Would you say the same thing if it was the christian cross and a Xtian going through the burning process.
Do some soul searching?