This is in response to the petition brought forth by Shazad Iqbal, in which he claims that Katy Perry's new video for 'Dark Horse' is blasphemous, and called upon Muslims to rally behind having it removed from YouTube.
Due to the success of that petition, the video in question has been censored (see picture), with the religious symbol being edited out. This has set a dangerous precedent for censorship and has shown how truly easily it can happen. Blasphemy is not a crime in the country where the petition was started, nor is it a crime in the country where the video was produced. Is the whole world now subject to the whims of one religion?
Here are a number of quotes from the aforementioned petition:
"The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy."
"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."
"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"
"We hope that the video itself depicting such images is removed. Such acts are not condoned nor tolerated, we hope YouTube will remove the video"
If one chooses to follow a religion, that is certainly their choice, but realise that the rules of whatever religion they have chosen or were born into, do not apply to others. It is not their right to dictate how anyone else can live their lives, i.e. what they can and can’t see, do, or enjoy. If one has chosen to take offense at this innocuous mention of a religion, it is not reasonable to expect others to censor themselves.
So I am calling on you Katy Perry; make a stand against censorship. Make music and music videos the way you see fit, without fear of people taking offense. Who knows what the next thing will be that people take offense about…
Offense is taken, not given.
*****It is happening again, this is just the beginning!*****