Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” video Decried as Blasphemous by Some Muslims

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video, set in ancient Egypt, has stirred controversy because of a scene where a man is struck down who is wearing a pendant with “God” (Allah) written on it in Arabic. An online petition decries it as blasphemous.

Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks points out that in ancient Egypt the Arabic script did not exist. In addition, it should be pointed out that monotheism was unknown in pharaonic Egypt, which had numerous gods. Mr. Uygur makes the point that characters wearing a cross around their neck have often been shot down in films, and that nothing can be read into it.

The Young Turks: “Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ Video & Why Muslims Want It Banned”

8 Responses

  1. Well, Ancient Egypt’s only attempt at monotheism failed utterly under the auspices of the famed Nefertiti’s somewhat less famous husband — he who made the sun god, whom he called Aten, the only god. Not only did the religious establishment go nuts — the populace wasn’t too sure they wouldn’t be shat upon by thus unemployed other gods! Besides that, how is one seriously blaspheming if it is not even THEIR religion being sung about — and placed in a time when it did not exist? Of course, Perry also annoyed neo-pagans, but hey one cannot expect a pop-singer to be a theologist/anthropologist/historian, eh?

  2. So I went and look at the video, my first look at Ms. Perry (yum) as I am more into (Scream, cry and laughter all at the same time) hard rock music.
    link to youtube.com
    And the pendulum says (GMM) for (Maybach Music Group)
    link to en.wikipedia.org
    No God in any language, I think maybe a publicity stunt, but why the Young Turk and informed comments are on the band wagon?

  3. This song offends me as a musician far more than it could ever offend me for any religious or cultural reasons.

  4. So, a petition has 30,000 signatures out of 1.5 billion Muslims? That is nothing. I question why Young Turks gives it exposure. It’s too easy.. THEY make it an issue. Don’t emulate the right wing media which takes the stupidest arguments of non-conservatives to rally against instead of responding to well-developed arguments.

  5. Well, it was second most-downloaded vid in Turkey earlier this week, second only to the Tayyip-Bilal conversations. make of that what you will.

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