A Change.org petition posted earlier this week accused the video of “blasphemy” and called for its removal from YouTube. The petition, which was started by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, UK, garnered over 60,000 signatures and read in part:
“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.”
Although the video, which was released on Feb. 20 and already has nearly 40 million views, was not pulled from Perry’s Vevo page, a new version appeared in which the pendant in question has been digitally removed. Fox News also reported that “Perry issued a statement saying she was ‘just trying to give a very beautiful performance about a place I have so much love for ... with no other thought besides it.’”
On the Change.org petition, Iqbal issued a statement today saying, “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.”