February 28, 2014 6:38am PT by Ashley Lee
Katy Perry Edits 'Dark Horse' Video After Petition Objects to Arabic Religious Symbol
Though Katy Perry premiered her "Dark Horse" music video on Feb. 20, a newly edited version has been uploaded to remove an Arabic religious symbol.
A Change.org petition by U.K. resident Shazad Iqbal asked for the video to be removed from YouTube, noting that, at the video's 1:15-minute mark, "a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah,' which is the Arabic word for God."
The "Dark Horse" video, which has collected over 42 million views, casts Perry as an Egyptian leader with a love of excess, as she is entertained by guests with gifts. (She performed a live version at the BRIT Awards the day before premiering the video, as well as a witchcraft-inspired rendition at the Grammys.)
"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," reads the petition. "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."
The petition reached 50,000 signatures on Feb. 26 (and stands at over 65,000 at press time), and included the update on Feb. 27 that the VEVO upload has been edited to remove the pendant.
Watch the edited version of "Dark Horse" below: