Once again, Katy Perry is in trouble for her appropriation of other cultures and identities.
In the singer’s “Dark Horse” video, she is dressed as an Egyptian queen. She is again using another culture as a glamorous aspect of her videos and performances, which she previously did dressed as a geisha while performing “Unconditionally” on the American Music Awards.
But in “Dark Horse.” Perry’s use of the Egyptian culture wasn’t her only offense. She also offended the Muslim community because the man she turns to dust in her video is wearing a pendant with the symbol for Allah.
After a change.org petition was written, the image was scrubbed out of the video. The petition claims that Perry is being disrespectful and blasphemous. The petition states the following:
“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.”
What is difficult to understand about Perry’s use of other cultures is the fact that they are completely irrelevant. “Dark Horse” is not specifically about Egypt, it does not reference Islam, Muslims, or have any references to God/Allah whatsoever.
Since this is not the first time that Perry has been under fire for her blatant uses of cultural appropriation, this raises the question of why does she continue to do so? Perry has always been praised for her colorful and interesting performances, but there is no reason for other cultures and religions to be used in her videos.
It is unclear whether the changes came directly from YouTube or from Katy Perry’s management. Representatives for Perry have not commented on the matter.