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Friday 9 October 2015

Katy Perry condemned by Muslim groups for burning 'Allah' pendant in Dark Horse music video

By Jess Denham

Published 26/02/2014

Katy Perry in her Dark Horse music video
Katy Perry in her Dark Horse music video

In the latest ‘racist music video’ accusation, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” has sparked an online petition demanding it be pulled from YouTube, with some Muslims claiming it is blasphemous.

More than 50,000 Muslims have pledged their support for the video to be removed because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.

Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was "blasphemous" and "distasteful".

“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,” Iqbal wrote.

“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.”

He added: “Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”

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