Katy Perry’s new music video has been edited a week after it premiered to remove a pendant which read ‘Allah’ after an online petition against the ‘Dark Horse’ video attracted over 65,000 signatures from around the word.
According to the petitioners at Change.org, the video, which premiered on February 20, “promoted blasphemy” as it showed the necklace being disintegrated along with the man wearing it, and asked YouTube to take it down.
The clip has been edited and necklace removed after the petition headed by Shzad Iqbal, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, attracted 65,000 signatures in three days from countries including Australia, India and Saudi Arabia.
In his complaint, Iqbal said: “The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy. 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.
“This is the reason for lodging the petition so that people from different walks of life, different religions and from different parts of the world, agree that the video promotes blasphemy. Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”
The video currently has more than 38million views, though has more than 100,000 dislikes and several negative comments mentioning the pendant.
After signing the petition, Bilal Khan, from Birmingham, said: “Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen, music should be about spreading love not hate. It’s shameful that you allow stupidity, you need to look up the meaning of the word explicit.”
Fellow signatory Taufik Hidayat, from Bandung, Indonesia, added: “This video is really offensive to [the] Muslim faith! ”