Earlier this week, we told you that the new Katy Perry video had really infuriated some in the Muslim community. So much so, that an online petition on change.org to force YouTube to remove the video garnered over 60,000 signatures.
Why, you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. In the video, Katy Perry reduces a man wearing an Allah pendant to a pile of red dust.
From the petition:
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.
Fair enough. Well, the video is still up (and approaching 40 million views)–so why are the originators of the petition rejoicing?
Well, the Allah symbol is gone. It’s been scrubbed out. Here’s the before:
And here’s what the same frame looks like today:
I guess that’s good enough for the U.K.’s Shazad Iqbal, the petition’s sponsor.
“Guys I’m thrilled to let you all know the name of Allah has been removed from the ‘Dark Horse’ video we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support so I thank each and every one of you deeply, our voices have been heard! God bless you all ???? ???? ????,” he says.
In other YouTube/Muslims news, an appeals court recently issued an order instructing Google to remove Innocence of Muslims, the controversial film that incensed muslims throughout the world last year. Google is fighting the order.