Katy Perry under fire for new video
London: Pop star Katy Perry has allegedly upset members of the Muslim community with the latest video of her new hit 'Dark Horse'.
In the promo, the 'Roar' hitmaker plays an Egyptian queen, who has the power to hit her subjects with lightning and turn them into sand.
In one of the scenes from the video she turns a man into sand who is seen wearing a pendant reading Allah in Arabic. The jewellery item is also zapped.
Some of the members of the community have criticised the video and have launched a campaign requesting YouTube to remove the video.
"This petition is lodged In (sic) regards to Katy Perry's music video 'Dark Horse'... The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy.
"At 01:15 (minutes) 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 (sic) 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.
"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 (sic). Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion," wrote one of the members in a petition on Change.org. PTI