As I predicted, some people think that Katy Perry‘s new Egyptian-themed video for ‘Dark Horse’ is a whole crock of blasphemous horse shit, and they’re not happy about it. Some religious groups have called for the video to be pulled from YouTube because of it and they’ve even started a petition for… whatever reason people start petitions.
Shazad Iqbal from Bradford in the UK started the petition, which received over 65,000 signatures in total – though I imagine some people just hate Katy Perry, not her message in the ‘Dark Horse’ video. They consider that a ‘victory’, apparently, but the video lives on.
Here’s the description:
The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy.
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.
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
We hope that the video itself depicting such images is removed. Such acts are not condoned nor tolerated, we hope YouTube will remove the video
Alright, let’s put aside the serious offenses of grammar, punctuation, etc. in this and concentrate on one thing: blasphemy is only blasphemy if you believe in it. I know Katy obviously has a Christian faith and that’s fair enough, but for someone like myself, if I say “Jesus Christ!” when someone scares me, I’m not blaspheming because it’s just a name. It holds no significance for me personally.
The video is kinda weird and sorta shitty on its own, but not because the name of God is engulfed in flames. Also, random dude from Bradford, you don’t get to decide how someone expresses their artistry and religious feelings, so… People seriously have too much time on their hands.
In case you forgot what the vid was like, here ya go: