Katy Perry's ‘Dark Horse’ Video Draws Muslim Wrath

Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Video Draws Muslim Wrath

Online petition asks YouTube to remove video due to “blasphemy”

Katy Perry might be A-OK as far as Asian Americans are concerned. Perry's standing with Muslims, however? That's another matter.

Perry is drawing ire from the Muslim community for her new video “Dark Horse,” which some claim contains blasphemous imagery.

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An online petition launched by British citizen Shazad Iqbal is asking YouTube to remove the video.

At issue, the petition says, is a pendant bearing the word “Allah,” which is worn by a man who is “burned,” pendant and all. (In the video, it appears that the man disintegrates.)

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“The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy,” the petition reads, adding, “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.”

As of this writing, the video has received more than 42,000 signatures.

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Perry's spokeswoman has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

“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 and rectify your terms and conditions.” one comment on the petition reads.

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While the number of signatures on the petition appear to be growing, they are dwarfed by the video's YouTube numbers. So far “Dark Horse,” which was posted to YouTube on Thursday, has amassed more than 30 million views.

  • also

    Yeah, Google, just swap the Allah pendant for a crucifix and make everyone from Hollywood to Baghdad feel better. No need to explain to the offended anything about that pesky “freedom of speech” thing we have here in the US…

    Let's all watch Google cave on this one.

    • Stupidpeoplesuck

      And the “offended” is offended WHY again?!?!?! Because I can't see any reason for the freaking baby temper tantrums and over sensitivities that these idiots have.

      • disgusted

        please educate yourself about islam our Allah is very important to us n no one has the right to disrespect another persons religion

        • seriously

          please educate yourself that your allah isnt more than a fairy tale story in your bookshelf that you have been taught to follow and praise.

          • Bridget styles

            please educate yourself as well that the day of judgement you will be thrown straight to hell cause you didn't got a BRAIN …

          • M@

            May I inquire as to why Allah chose to not give him a “BRAIN”? He is all powerful right? So why does he chose to send people to hell when he's the one that didn't give them a brain? That sounds like a pretty sick and twisted guy to me.

  • David Peretiatko

    It's funny how all these religions want everyone to be tolerant of their religion but they aren't tolerant of any other religions. I mean, the Middle East has been at war since their WAS a Middle East, and they weren't fighting over which side had more sand. These people kill for their religion and call non-believers “infidels”, but when we want to symbolically “kill” someone from their religion to possibly make the statement that hey, it's 2014 and there's no need for a religion that isn't and never did make this world a better place but instead did the opposite by creating wars that were fought over fairy tales by all of these sheep who believe in this easily probably false religion and that we should instead come together and instead of worshipping a god that keeps us separated as a people while never showing his own face, we should unite under the common banner of humanity and love. Because you can kneel 3 times a day to the west all you want but the world is still going to shit and no one in a position to change anything takes you or your religion seriously.

    • Lisa

      Spot on David!!!

    • Parker

      “The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy,”
      Surely this statement secures the assumption that this is merely a case of blasphemy and that members of the religion being blasphemed are just practising their right and trying to stand against it. (Aren't we all brought up to fight for what we beleve in?)
      Muslims believe in the same god as two other main religions and the word written on the necklace was just “god” in another language.
      The ones opposing to the video are from all over the world, coming from different backgrounds and religious beliefs, this is not just a matter being raised by Muslims so please, to save yourself from publicly announcing your ignorance, refrain from being such a bigot, especially if its not called for.
      P.s God (If the one mentioned existed) wouldn't have a face and is omnipresent. & Muslims don't kneel 3 times a day to the west to make the world a better place.

      • freezeframe

        David is 100% correct! If you don't like the video, don't watch the damn thing! Most of you religious nutballs should be busy oppressing women should you not? Sick and tired of every religious fanatic trying to impose their views and “beliefs” on everyone. So if anyone is “publicly announcing their ignorance” it would be you Mr or Mrs Parker!! Thank allah for freedom of speech! (Oh, and by the way….their is no friggin allah!!!) Have a nice day! :)

      • Jez

        He isn't right. What do you mean they are worshipping the same god . They aren't. If that is the case nobody is going to heaven, so just give up now. Second, what do you mean “the other two main religions of the world”…. it seems like you are neglecting a lot of religions of the present day, and an extremely large number of past religions – or are/were all of these people just believing in the same gods, but they just don't know it. Is this the case simply because socially it makes more sense to try to group together because numbers are dwindling in places where life isnt horrible and scary, and where social harmony can exist without this kind of banding together.

        Its very convenient if you dont have to think about what you say, and if you just say and believe things for convenience. Some of us don't have that luxury because we like to make some sense.

      • That guy whos sick of whiners

        Your right they dont kneel to make a better world but they should get up off their knees and start helping the rest of the world get back on track because as long as this religion continues to opress others of different faiths or non faiths then the world will continue to hate each other because ” books” not peopke told them to do so. Its mean and its total bullshit.

    • aa

      I beg you, just go and educate yourself

  • Ashley

    The issue is because it's a religious symbol … If it was the cross or something close to Christianity people would be saying the same thing … And another thing people making ignorent comments an people “over there” this is about Muslims not Arabs or people in the Middle East there are millions of Muslims in the USA discouraged over this video it's not a middle eastern religion it's a world wide religion and one that is growing faster than any other ….. If Islam was as BAd and scary as you or people claim why is it growing and mostly within the USA

    • Proud American

      They (Muslims) can burn the American Flag and behead our citizens and get away with it and they are offended by this video. Somebody has been drinking way too much camel milk. I watched this video numerous times with stop motion in affect and I zoomed in on the necklaces the guy was wearing and I could not see the definitive words Allah written on it. The big medallion has MMG written it and the smaller on looks like smaller Ws linked together. Want a friggin joke with these whining people who just want to stir up trouble. If you don't like the video don't watch it. If the USA offends you GO BACK HOME!

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      • Ashley

        You clearly do not know enough even comment what is a religious symbol for any group plus what your saying about Muslims killing people what about the millions Americans kill everyday ? Stop listening to the media and educate yourself before you judge millions of people and I was born and raised here and so was my family I am not arab I'm white which would not matter bc this is my home I just don't pretend to think Americans or the country us perfect I have respect and a brain which I use before I open my mouth about something which many of you dk not know enough to make acquisitions about millions of people

        • waveaether

          All that you have proven by your rant is that you are a microbrain. You don't know the first thing about Islam.

          And talk about getting information from the media? Where do you get a moronic number like Americans killing millions a day? Take a place like Afghanistan, are you aware that according to the UN 80% of the civilians killed there are killed by the Taliban? Are you aware that the same is true in Iraq. Are you aware that 130,000 have been killed in Syria, and that it is all Muslims killing Muslims. Are you aware that Islam is at war with every other religion and non religion in the world at some location in the world?

          Go buy a brain!

          • Bridget styles

            shut the hell up you idiot , Ash is totally right , you're the one who needs to go and find a brain where you can buy it from a black market , first I'm not gonna say anything about the american people , all the blames go to the government , you fucking idiot you don't know anything at all , the American gov + the Israel ones are all cooperating together to keep us down , to kill us , eliminate us with our religion , how many times americans helped them with all sources of money and support especially in the war 61 and 73 huh ? how many people were killed huh ? how many people were slaved ? and the fucking democracy that you were talking about the fucking peace you were talking when you're the one who start wars and have all the cutting edge weapons to eliminate human beings , a drop of a human being blood isn't that cheap you're the one that needs to look for information before you open your fucking mouth ….

          • waveaether

            150 million citizens of the earth murdered by animals shouting “Allahu Akbar”
            [9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in
            the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

            [9:5] But when the forbidden months are past, then fight
            and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

            [9.123] O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers
            who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil).

            [4.74] Therefore let those fight in the way of Allah, who
            sell this world's life for the hereafter; and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then be he slain or be he victorious, We shall grant him a mighty reward.

            [4:95] Not equal are those believers who sit (at home)
            and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of God with their goods and their persons. God hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath God promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-

            [8.12] When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with
            you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

            [8.57] Therefore if you overtake them in fighting, then
            scatter by (making an example of) them those who are in their rear, that they may be mindful.

            [9.111] Surely Allah has bought of the believers their
            persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Taurat and the Injeel and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his
            covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the mighty achievement.

            [47.4] So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve,
            then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates. That (shall be so); and if Allah had
            pleased He would certainly have exacted what is due from them, but that He may try some of you by means of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish.

          • That guy whos sick of whiners

            …….holy shit….yea its no wonder they hate us even their great great great great great grandfathers were stupid short sighted men with small skiny men complexs….really? Fight me? Come to my house say your gonna beat my ass and kill me because I dont believe in allah? I hope everone is behind me when I say the day that happens youll leave my property feet first head optional.

          • Olmono

            Wait …. why does the market have to be black? That's so racist.

    • That guy whos sick of whiners

      Because this is where they come when they pick fights with other countries and have theirs burned to the ground where they come from death and killing are almost as routine as changing out socks on a hike of course they come here and not to mention the fact that all those people who came over to america have been having children for the last 30 years yea an increase is obvious but why beyond population in the usa? Its because people need something to believe in other than themselves I do not worship a higher power do I believe in something else out there yes but I dont pray to it the only reason they chose to believe is because in some way shape or form they are benefiting from its laws and traditions because society demands structure so does the single person who isnt willing to give himself that structure but instead turns to books writtin by MEN and WOMEN who knows how long ago and decides to live by their words and not his own.

      • That guy whos sick of whiners

        They literally have no right to say shit on the subject because of the fact that they are so willing to fight and band against other religious groups I dont pray but im still an infidel In their eyes im a horrible person for liking a music video I think it was bad ass and creative anyone who thinks its blasphemy is clearly blind and needs some (HD) so what if it said allah its not like you can do shit about it how many flags have you burned in your rage against us thats like pissing on the bible something I wouldnt even do and you also cant do shit about it because of the fact that muslims started a war with the entire fucking world by not standing up and bringing their countries to their own knees and fixing them themselves nope we came in beat your ass set shit up so you could get back to sun tanning and grooming camels you fucking owe us so much the last thing you need is a powerful ass country like ourselves pissed off because your thousands of miles away bitching about something you saw online suck a fat cock and go read a book or something get off your knee pillow and hit the fucking gym stop starving yourself and go eat a fucking steak everything nowadays is just kids on a playground fighting over toys and guess what bitch we have all the toys so go fuck yourself.

        • Jacob Duran

          you go brother

  • waveaether

    Where is the petition that I can sign to keep the video exactly as is. I'm sick of Muslims trying to destroy freedom of speech, and I'm sick of Muslims trying to force their vile religion on the rest of the world.

    • Raceisvariation

      You're so ignorant, how many times have I seen Christian preachers go on with their bible talk in the subways and in public telling people to convert. Muslims never do that, neither do they hallucinate and call themselves Jesus

      • freezeframe

        Your right, Muslims just kill them if they don't convert!! Idiot…loosen that turban there mohammad!! Every religion is nuts, yours just tops the list as the nuttiest! :)

        • Fatima Ashfaq Goher

          May Allah show you the right path before judgement day . You all , u find islam controversial yet you are wasting your time commenting here ?? And the kind of words you are u using only depicts that niether you all were schooled to learn ettiquites , nor you r parents taught you to give n take respect. Inshort all you are doing is spreading hatred . I rest my case. Stop bothering to comment if you dont care for love peace. Byes

      • waveaether

        No, Muslims take over towns in Syria and Afghanistan and Pakistan and force everyone to live their sick religion at the point of a gun. They force women to dress in tents. They murder apostates. They take over nations by force where they are the minority, like they did in CAR. They rape Christian women and force them to convert in Egypt. They have blasphemy laws that they use to persecute minorities. They have religious police to force the religion on people. Islam only exists because it is forced on people. It is far too sick and stupid for people to select it for themselves.

        So if you want to be offended by a video when you are a cancer to the world, you can take it and stick it where the sun don't shine.

        • Sean S

          wow… you are literally the worst person in the world.

          • waveaether

            Your blathering only means something if you can show where I'm wrong.

          • Sean S

            you're obviously very well spoken and well read, but you come off as massively hateful and one-sided. i just don't understand how you could so easily bundle all muslims into one racist and ugly amalgam of intolerance and hatred. nothing's ever that simple, two-dimensional or black and white unless you're too lazy, hateful or ignorant to argue both sides. i mean, for someone who seems to really have invested hundreds and hundreds of hours into making your point against middle-easterners, it's fascinating that you've never even thought about looking at middle-easterners as human beings who've contributed anything to the world. in your case, you're so extreme in your bitterness and distrust of brown people that you label all middle-easterners as being inherently dark-hearted, cruel, backwards and hell bent on bringing doom to the world/the jewish people. which on the last point, really quickly, it was brown people (persians) who saved the jews from babylon and set them free, obviously based on some type of humanist mentality and ethics, so all middle-easterners couldn't have always been murdering barbaric savages, right? i'm sure you're well versed in being hateful and demonizing persians and their entire existence as well, so i'm sure you'll negate that point too. but what you're missing, which is the scariest part about people like you, is that the people have nothing to do with the way the ruling body/government interprets and carries out the words of the koran or whatever religion is at the forefront of any given society… all religions are a collection of morality-themed fairy tales and any group of people who uses those obviously well-intentioned stories for negativity is obviously a fucking lunatic. the crusades, the spanish inquisition, the forcing of christianity onto slaves in america are just a few tiny, tiny examples of the atrocities committed by a religion you somehow don't incorporate into any of your mean-spirited rants about the destructive attributes of islam… i mean, what makes you so entitled to claim yourself as the authority on morality in terms of civilizations and cultures throughout time? just because you're born into a culture with a fundamentalist approach to religion doesn't inherently imbue you with respect or admiration for said belief system or the government in place. there's such a thing as living in a society rich with history and rife with good-hearted people that has come under the control of religious-extremists through one or more unfortunate events… like western countries screwing over middle-eastern countries for oil or other natural resources and then hand-selecting an unqualified, lunatic native to run the place, which then ruins the countries image and damages the wellbeing of the people… which then leads to people like you clumping all middle-eastern countries and people into one indistinguishable, backwards hotbed for hatred and intolerance… you can't think of an entire chunk of the world as being devoid of humanity based on the evil, destructive and horrible acts perpetrated by the murderous and intolerant bastards who've used the dominant religion in that part of the world for evil and then naively associate that mentality to the people who share the same color skin or religion… middle-eastern people hurt when our people are hurt by the nuts in charge and we're scared everyday for the overall wellbeing of our people and society in the face of even more war or bloodshed… it's people like you who scare us, because you've desensitized yourself to the idea that there is such a thing as an innocent middle-easterner and therefore there's no moral repercussion involved in wiping out an entire race of people in the blink of an eye… it only does the human race more damage as a whole when people like you don't distinguish between who's really responsible for what's going on in that part of the world, let alone completely ignoring the western world and it's involvement in the strife and turmoil permeating that region… i don't know man, you have to start using your heart and not referring to select points in history to validate your hatred of an entire chunk of the world… you just seem like a scary, intolerant person, an no matter if i'm educated enough to battle you point for point, the fact that you come off as so steadfast in your xenophobia is almost an argument-winner by itself… god, i can't imagine the parents who filled your head with such jingoistic nonsense, or what you've been through to make you so angry, but you've got to open your mind and shine some doubt on the way you look at the world…

    • Proud American

      They (Muslims) can burn the American Flag and behead our citizens and get away with it and they are offended by this video. Somebody has been drinking way too much camel milk. I watched this video numerous times with stop motion in affect and I zoomed in on the necklaces the guy was wearing and I could not see the definitive words Allah written on it. The big medallion has MMG written it and the smaller on looks like smaller Ws linked together. Want a friggin joke with these whining people who just want to stir up trouble. If you don't like the video don't watch it. If the USA offends you GO BACK HOME!

  • Kool Gool

    it's one way of pushing up the number for how many times the video is watched on you tube. I watched it. didn't see anything BLASPHEMUS about it. it don't say Allah on that pendant. necklace what ever it is.

  • Halima

    petition about this video, but a man gets decapitated in the middle of the street yet the muslim community fall silent over the Islamists people need to get there priorities right this is a video which dose not kill anyone if you do not like something then you do not watch it maybe she does not follow religion not everyone has to i mean madonna had a cross burning in her video before.. who cares its a made up video! get a bloody life people!

  • Onikaze

    The guy also is wearing something that says something like “Hip Hop Bar.” All lovers of hip hop should be offended and start a petition because clearly she is an opposition to hip hop!

  • Rodrigo_Girao

    What DOESN'T offend muslims?

  • JJ

    Muslims love to preach “tolerance” until some one disagrees with them. Just another reason to stir up shit and start murdering more “infidels”. Katy Perry has the right to express herself in her music however she feels. If there were a video making fun of Christians or Jews no no would bat an eye. If muslims find it so offensive then don't watch! And if our government and country is so bad, I'll buy you a one way ticket so you can go play in the sand dunes. Until then this is still a free country so stop your whining.

  • Shushy

    That video is ridiculously hideous and cheesy. OMG. Lol. What a joke. The song is almost catchy but the video is crap. She could've done a lot better than that. What's the deal with all the Egyptian imagery? Pyramids? Illuminati? Idk. She should've gone for a more natural look and at least had a horse or two in the video. Whatever

  • matthew tardif

    I am sure they'll just attack another embassy compound in Libya in an unplanned protest. Oh wait–nevermind. Obama has already used up that LIE!

  • Gwen Jones

    Looks like a grand production. It is so just entertainment.

  • Starlite1033

    Lady Gaga made a video, I think it was “Alejandro”, which portrayed satanic looking images, and at one point she was lifted up into the air and had a cross taped or painted across her genital region. As far as I'm aware, that video was not removed. Why can we exercise our freedom of speech in a…”creative” manner regarding some religions and not others? Why is it okay in TV, movies, and music to portray different world religions in both good and bad ways, but God forbid Islam happens to be one of those religions? Imagine if the Hindu deli owner in “The Simpsons” happened to be a Muslim instead. There would probably be a huge uproar over it instead of people understanding satirical and metaphorical references as well as creative license. Halloween would be banned in America if it were up to the Jehova's Witnesses. As long as you are not infringing upon a person's right to practice their religion in peace and safety, what is the big deal?