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  • 26 February 2014, 14:53

Katy Perry Accused Of 'Blasphemy' In New Video

A petition has been launched to have Katy Perry's latest music video removed from YouTube after she was accused of blasphemy by Muslims.

Dark Horse shows the American singer in Egypt "a crazy long time ago" dressed as a Cleopatra-type character.

In one scene a man is shown being burnt by lightning while wearing a pendant forming the word "Allah" - the Arabic meaning of God.

The pendant is also engulfed in flames before the man turns to ashes.

Shazad Iqbal who put the petition, which has over 50,000 supporters, on the change.org website claims the video "promotes blasphemy".

He wants the video sharing website to pull it down because "using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion".

Support for the petition has come from around the world, including Indonesia, Dubai and The Netherlands.

Among those who signed was Nida Ahmed from Huddersfield who wrote: "We are Muslims and that is Allah's name on his neck and she burns it that's great disrespect to Islam."

Bilal Khan from Birmingham said: "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."

Mr Iqbal, 22, said he started the petition because he wants to raise awareness of inappropriate content in music videos.

Perry was brought up in a devoutly religious household and both of her parents are Pentecostal ministers.

YouTube has not responded to a request for a comment.

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