The Kingdom of Katy Perry

by Zeba Haseeb

All around the world, you can hear the praise of Katy Perry. She is a very significant social icon in many teenagers’ lives. Perry has become a sort of a religion in some sense due to the number of followers she has who feel the need to copy her every move. Knowing her enormous fan base, is it right for her to degrade another religion in her music videos?

Perry’s ever so popular music video to her song “Dark Horse” has stirred up quite the controversy dealing with the religion of Islam. The music video takes place in ancient Egypt, where Katy plays the role of Cleopatra. Peasants bring her all types of goods to please her, and they are burned to dusk if she is not satisfied. One man who is burned is wearing a pendant with the scripture saying “Allah,” which in Arabic means God.

Many Muslims were extremely appalled after discovering this and of blasphemy in her video. So disappointed that they decided to start a petition through to take down the video from YouTube. This petition was started by a 22 year-old named Shazad Iqbal, and according to Time Magazine, he said his reason for starting the petition was “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.”

This petition already has 57,000 signatures and still counting. This isn’t the first time Perry has gotten into some trouble with her fans. She had huge issues with a permanent at an award show where she dressed up as an Asian doll, and people saw that as her mocking the culture. I guess her creativity isn’t seen the way that she wants people to see it.

There is no doubt that Katy Perry is one of the most brilliant performers of this generation. She’s more of an artist rather than a performer in my eyes. This original pop singer has the youth falling at her feet and she takes complete advantage of this and tries to bring new things to the table every performance. All that I can say is that she should start thinking twice about the ideas she attempts to portray to the world. They may be entertaining to watch, but it shouldn’t be at the expense where people of a certain religion feel uncomfortable and disrespected.