Katy Perry is being sued by a Christian group of musicians who say she not only stole their song for her "Dark Horse" single, but tarnished it by associating it with black magic.
Katy Perry? With all those bright colors and happy flowers and teddy bears and whatnot?
Keep these people away from a Slayer tour.
The hip-hop musicians who released the 2008 song "Joyful Noise" -- including Christian rapper Flame (born Marcus Gray), Chike Ojukwu, Lecrae Moore and Emanuel Lambert-- sued Perry, Capitol Records and others Wednesday for alleged copyright infringement in federal court in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported.
They say she stole their song and turned it over to Satan for a remix.
"And by any measure, the devoutly religious message of 'Joyful Noise' has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in 'Dark Horse,'" the suit reads, according to Courthouse News. "Indeed, the music video of 'Dark Horse' generated widespread accusations of blasphemy and an online petition signed by more than 60,000 demanding removal of an offensive religious image from the video."
The "offensive" image is supposedly an "Allah" pendant, which was removed from the "Dark Horse" music video in February after petitioners protested it as a "portrayal of blasphemy."
Can't we all get along?
The Christian musicians want damages and Perry to stop using any form of their music, according to TMZ.
If I were a cynic, here's where I'd say that if Katy Perry did steal their song, it would be the best thing that ever happened to them as far as exposing their music to the masses.
Luckily, I'm not a cynic.
"Joyful Noise" was released in 2008 on the album "Our World: Redeemed," which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring rapper Juicy J, came out last year as a single and appears on Perry's fourth studio album "Prism."