Hoda Kotb explained:
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Some members of the Muslim community are demanding that YouTube ban the video for Dark Horse because Katy commits blasphemy!
According to critics, the destruction of the name is an insult to Muslims.
But come on. There's no way anyone thinks Katy was actively trying to insult Islam, right?
The video is obvi not meant to be literal. Katy is a powerful Egyptian-like queen/goddess, but she's not telling a specific story. She's pulling iconography from all over the place.
And it's not like she melts the Muslim guy and spares the others. She melts everyone. She's an equal opportunity face melter.
We're sure she didn't have any idea that anyone could take offense — maybe give a bit more benefit than doubt.