Pop stars have some of the biggest egos in the world. Some even think that they are equivalent to a God, as we found out last year with Kanye West’s album “Yeezus.” But the one thing that is worse than when fame inflates an artist’s ego to the size of a God, is when they think they can make a mockery of one.
In this case, Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse” does just that. More than 50,000 people have already signed an online petition through change.org to take the video down from YouTube. The petition accuses the video of “portraying blasphemy.” The accusation calls attention to a pendant that a character in video is wearing that has the word “Allah” inscribed on it in Arabic. Later in the video Perry makes the man wearing the pendant disintegrate, along with the pendant itself.
The singer has yet to make a comment about the video, but whether it was intentional or not, it was definitely tasteless.
As the quality of pop music deteriorates, artists become more and more desperate to seek a way to get attention and stay relevant in today’s fast paced world of entertainment news, but at what cost?
Perry’s shock factor video continues the slew of artists that have weaseled their way into the headlines with tasteless antics, but in this case Perry chose to alienate a particular group of people to cover up for a really annoying and over produced pop song that featured a less than mediocre rapper, Juicy J.
Muslim fans of Perry have already shared their disgust with the singer’s blatant disrespect for the culture.
“I have deep love for my Lord and feel extremely hurt by the video,” Zainab Shafiq posted on the petition’s Website. “My only request is to all artists in the music industry: you have wealth, fame and success. Please do not use the foundations of other religions in a mockery to carry out your fame.”
This is not art, this is an attempt to stay relevant. The video displays no form of social consciousness and is nowhere near satirical. Alienation like this is more like propaganda than a music video. The combination of horrible music and tasteless visuals will leave the audience wishing Perry would blow up like a firework.