Katy Perry's music video 'Dark Horse'
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A screenshot from Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' video.
A screenshot from Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' video.

An online petition is calling for YouTube to remove Katy Perry's latest music video, on the grounds that it is offensive to Muslims.

The kitsch, ancient Egypt-themed clip for "Dark Horse" is blasphemous, says the petition on change.org, which has been signed by over 42,000 people so far.

"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," the petition says."Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video," it adds.

The appeal was launched Tuesday by Shazad Iqbal from Bradford in the U.K. Most of the signatories come from Britain, but support has also come from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar, RT reported.

The man behind the petition hopes "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 ."

"Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, is the third single from Perry's new album "Prism." It has more than 30 million views on YouTube, and is currently at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list.