“The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy,” reads the petition against Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” video. “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.”
Watch Katy Perry’s controversial music video for “Dark Horse.”
Still, as Huffington Post noted, not every Muslim was offended by the “Dark Horse” video. A Twitter user named Afiq Mohamaad wrote that his fellow followers of Islam should leave Perry alone and instead concentrate on more important aspects of their religion.
“Don't be a nuisance about Katy Perry and her new music video if you don't even make Solah on time,” Mohamaad wrote, referencing Islam’s daily prayers.
But this is not the first time people have criticized Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video. Some called her performance of the song at the 2014 Grammys “demonic” or “Satanic.” According to Christian Post, gospel singer Natalie Grant was so offended that she left the awards show early.
Watch Katy Perry’s 2014 Grammy performance of “Dark Horse.”
And this “Dark Horse” controversy was not the first time audiences found one of Katy Perry’s live performances offensive. During the American Music Awards, Perry sang “Unconditionally” in a Geisha-inspired outfit that many called racist. She later defended her decision in a GQ interview.
“All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it,” Perry said.
Watch Katy Perry dress like a Geisha in her performance of "Unconditionally."
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