We didn’t realise we had much in common with Iggy Azalea (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) until the video for her latest song surfaced.
Titled Fancy and featuring British singer-songwriter Charli XCX, it’s like watching the best bits from cult film Clueless – without the words.
Instead, Iggy and Charli sing about all things fancy with lots of “who dat?” and “do dat”.
In just three minutes, Azalea debates at school, has lunch, performs a dance routine by the tennis courts and attends a party. Oh, and she’s totally modern with her outfit building – no relying on Polaroids to put together her looks – she’s got an iPad app for that, of course.
reports that the video was filmed in the same school that the 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone was shot in, and Iggy sports a dead ringer for the yellow tartan skirt-suit from the film.
We wonder what Cher Horowitz and co would say.
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Article source: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/videos/TMG10678423/Iggy-Azalea-recreates-the-best-of-Clueless-for-new-music-video.html
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The US pop star caused offence to some Muslims who claimed her latest video was “blasphemous”. In one scene, a man wearing an “Allah” pendant is struck by lightning and disintegrates into sand.
While the music video has not been pulled in its entirety, the pendant has been cut so that only a plain gold chain can now be seen (as above). It remains unclear whether YouTube edited the video or was told to by the singer’s record company as both parties have yet to comment.
Shazad Iqbal who started the Change.org petition originally wrote: “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.”
He went on to argue that using the name of God in an “irrelevant and distasteful manner” would be deemed inappropriate by any religion, not just Islam.
The ‘Allah’ pendant can be seen hanging around this man’s neck (left) before it was edited from the video
Iqbal was “thrilled” with the result of his petition. “The name of Allah has been removed from the “Dark Horse” video – we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support so I thank each and every one of you deeply, our voices have been heard,” he wrote.
“I feel that the impact we have made and the total number of signatures obtained does convey just how worthy a cause this is, it is a significant step towards the right direction.”
Perry is seen dressed as an Ancient Egyptian princess in the “Dark Horse” video, which also features bizarre cat-human hybrids pole-dancing.
More than 37 million people have viewed the video on YouTube since it was uploaded on 20 February.
Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/katy-perry-dark-horse-music-video-edited-after-causing-muslims-offence-9159660.html
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More than 50,000 Muslims have pledged their support for the video to be removed because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.
Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the Change.org petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was “blasphemous” and “distasteful”.
“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,” Iqbal wrote.
“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.”
He added: “Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”
Most signatures so far have come from Britain, but people from Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also entered into the debate.
“Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen,” wrote Bilal Khan from Birmingham. “Music should be about spreading love not hate.”
Faeezah Shaik from South Africa also commented: “Artists should consider the impact their ‘art’ would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial.”
Perry is also seen pole-dancing with bizarre cat-human bodyguards in her latest video, which has amassed over 30 million views.
The Allah pendant hangs around this man’s neck (left)
The US pop star grew up in a devout Christian home as both her parents were traveling Pentecostal ministers. She started her career singing Christian Gospel music before deciding to change track.
Perry recently told Marie Claire that she now has no identification with any religion or “old man sitting on a throne” but still feels “a deep connection with God”.
It is not the first time Perry has been criticised for her portrayal of other cultures. She received a strong backlash for her ‘Japanese’ performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last November.
Other singers to be accused of cultural insensitivity include Lily Allen, whose video “Hard Out Here” was labelled racist because of the twerking black backing dancers
Rihanna was also ordered to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque last year after compromising the “sanctity of the site” by posing for a photoshoot.
Perry seems to have no qualms about her controversial behaviour, as she recently attended Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour and enjoyed a front row kiss with the “Wrecking Ball” singer.
Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/katy-perry-causes-offence-by-burning-allah-pendant-in-new-music-video-9153998.html
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At first glance, Katy Perry’s latest music video, the Egypt-themed fantasy “Dark Horse,” seems to bear little resemblance to actual Egyptian history — but you might want to look twice. The clip’s director says there’s good reason for the Egyptian references, and prominent Egyptologists say that reason is good enough for them.
“[Perry] said that there’s actually a place in Egypt called Memphis, and she thought it was so interesting that Juicy J is from Memphis, Tenn.,” explains director Mathew Cullen. “She basically came to me and said, ‘I want to do something Egyptian and I want to combine it with Memphis hip-hop.’ That’s music to my ears — when an artist has a couple concepts that they want to mash up to create something fresh.”
Cullen says that while there was no on-site Egyptologist involved in the Los Angeles video shoot, they researched the period online to better “respect the symbolism” while having fun. Though Perry has been criticized for appropriating the symbols and images of other cultures — and has been under attack for “Dark Horse” for the same reasons — Cullen says he believes that while it’s dangerous to rip things directly from modern cultures without adding anything to them, ancient Egypt is part of what he calls our “shared collective mythology.”
“We’re only here because we build on the stories of every human being since the beginning of mankind,” he says. “The most important thing is that when you create something, and this is actually something Katy and I worked to do — you bring a new spin to it.”
And as it so happens, Perry and Cullen (who also directed the “California Gurls” video) did a pretty good job building on those stories.
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Full disclosure: when I called up some Egyptologists to ask them about Katy Perry, I was fully expecting them to trash the video. The inaccuracies in her similarly-themed performance of the song at the Brits have already been pointed out, and fans who are sticklers for history were turned off the video. But the reality was very different.
“I find this really very wonderful, but I’m willing to bend my formal standards,” says Robert K. Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Chicago. “Whoever put this together actually knew something about the myth of Cleopatra. There are a number of features in here that I could use in class.”
Here are some of those points that get a hearty thumbs up, courtesy of Ritner and David P. Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator of Penn Museum’s Egyptian Section:
- The turquoise color seen in Perry’s make-up was used in Ancient Egypt; they often used colors inspired by nature, like the sky and water. Sealed tombs preserved the colors of their paintings, so historians can still tell what things would have looked like at the time.
- Queens like Cleopatra really did have significant power — and, though it didn’t include the lightning-bolt-style magic that’s seen in the video, there was a belief in divine royalty.
- The lyric about Aphrodite and Perry’s Greek-style dress have been called out by picky fans, but actually, they make perfect sense: Cleopatra wasn’t properly Egyptian; rather, she was descended from a Macedonian-Greek line, and her culture mixed Hellenic and Egyptian elements. In fact, Aphrodite is the analog to the Egyptian goddess Isis, who is represented by Perry’s winged ascent in the video.
- The “walk like an Egyptian” pose does have a reference point in ancient paintings. The artists didn’t use foreshortening, so the iconic pose was a Cubist-like attempt to portray three-dimensional people by showing them from different angles. It was not, however, a dance.
- The paintings on the wall behind Perry when she’s on the throne are clearly based on real tomb paintings.
- The scene with Perry and the snakes suggests a reference to Cleopatra’s suicide via asps. At the time of her death, Cleopatra was dressed as Isis, which also loops back to Perry growing wings in the video.
- The fan/monocle object Perry holds up shows the symbol of the Eye of Horus, a symbol of health and stability. (It has nothing to do with the Illuminati: “The many discussions of the Illuminati are nonsense,” says Ritner. Rather, the masonic imagery associated with the Illuminati is drawn from Egyptian imagery.)
- The cat references and the scene with Boo the dog may reference Roman anti-Cleopatra propaganda, which implied that she made Marc Antony her lap dog.
- Cullen and Perry even succeeded without trying: though Cullen says this wasn’t on purpose, Ritner sees a link between Perry getting a diamond grill to a myth that Cleopatra once dissolved a giant pearl in wine to demonstrate her wealth.
And even the parts that aren’t accurate at all — the Twinkies, for example — aren’t problematic. If Katy Perry fans do a little research about Ancient Egypt, they’ll follow a long line of people whose interest was sparked by Egypt-inspired pop-culture — from Boris Karloff’s mummy to Brendan Fraser’s, and from Betty Boop’s Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor’s.
“[Egypt has] always been a part of popular culture,” says Silverman. “It encourages people to think of these things, and some of those people actually begin to learn a lot.”
Article source: http://entertainment.time.com/2014/02/21/katy-perry-dark-horse-egypt/
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