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Parsis Of India Take Down Rapper Snoop Dogg; YouTube, Vevo Bans ‘King’

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| July 23 , 2015 , 18:27 IST
[caption id="attachment_88915" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. also known as “Snoop Dogg” features in this video 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube in June 2015, along with an Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam. The three-and-a-half minute video for the song King shows Snoop Dog on a throne under the Farvahar smoking weed, and shows Moghaddam dressed as a Persian queen lying under the Farvahar being fanned by  two scantily clothed men. (Imaging: Sumant Chowla) Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. also known as “Snoop Dogg” features in this video 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube in June 2015, along with an Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam. The three-and-a-half minute video for the song King shows Snoop Dog on a throne under the Farvahar smoking weed, and shows Moghaddam dressed as a Persian queen lying under the Farvahar being fanned by two scantily clothed men. (Imaging: Sumant Chawla)[/caption] Leading video-sharing websites YouTube and Vevo has banned Rapper Snoop Dogg’s  three-and-half minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube last month, for hurting Zoroastrian religious sentiments. The video shows Snoop Dogg along with Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam, smoking weed while sitting on a throne topped by a giant gold Faravahar, the winged disc that is among the most revered symbols of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. [caption id="attachment_88914" align="aligncenter" width="700"]The “Farohar” or “Faravahar” is a “Religious Emblem” of the Zoroastrian religion. “Faravahar” means "to choose." The Faravahar is descended from the Egyptian winged disk, a symbol of “Divine Kingship”. (Imaging: Sumant Chowla) The “Farohar” or “Faravahar” is a “Religious Emblem” of the Zoroastrian religion. “Faravahar” means "to choose." The Faravahar is descended from the Egyptian winged disk, a symbol of “Divine Kingship”. (Imaging: Sumant Chawla)[/caption] Members of a Parsi Zoroastrian civil group in Kolkata have filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court asking for the video to be banned, alleging the stars have been "insensitive" to their religious beliefs. Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata are asking for the promo of ‘King” to be removed from YouTube and other video sharing sites such as Vevo. [caption id="attachment_89900" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Members of a Parsi Zoroastrian civil group in Kolkata have filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court asking for the video to be banned, alleging the stars have been "insensitive" to their religious beliefs. Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata are asking for the promo of ‘King” to be removed from YouTube and other video sharing sites such as Vevo. (Imaging: Sumant Chawla) Members of a Parsi Zoroastrian civil group in Kolkata have filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court asking for the video to be banned, alleging the stars have been "insensitive" to their religious beliefs. Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata are asking for the promo of ‘King” to be removed from YouTube and other video sharing sites such as Vevo. (Imaging: Sumant Chawla)[/caption] The video also features Iranian-born Amitis Moghaddam -- dressed as an ancient Persian queen, lying beneath a Faravahar and being fanned by two negligibly clothed men -- interspersed with scenes of women pole-dancing. [caption id="attachment_89970" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this video 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube in June 2015, Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam is dressed as a Persian queen lying under the Farvahar being fanned by  two scantily clothed men. (Imaging: Shivam Aggarwal) In this video 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube in June 2015, Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam is dressed as a Persian queen lying under the Farvahar being fanned by two scantily clothed men. (Imaging: Shivam Aggarwal)[/caption] READ MORE: What is the “Farohar” or “Faravahar”? Half-naked girls dance on Persian carpets smoking water pipes while Moghaddam is sitting on a throne, caressing her Persian cat. “I’m feeling hot,” she says with a Persian accent. The table in front of her is covered in Iranian cashmere and behind her hangs a big 'Faravahar', the Religious symbol of Zoroastrianism. READ MORE: HISTORY OF ZOROASTRIANISM “The wrong use of religious and sacred symbols and iconography hurts, insults and outrages the religious sentiments and beliefs of Parsis Zoroastrians, Phiroz Edulji, the lawyer representing the civic group in the public interest litigation (PIL), told FocusNews.com.vevo email While Vevo’s Senior Manager, Business Affairs, Eric Gerson has assured that 'Amitis feat Snoop Dogg – King' “shall in the future not be accessible via Vevo.com or any Vevo channel on YouTube.” [caption id="attachment_90024" align="aligncenter" width="795"]YouTube legal team has assured Kolkata-based law firm Edulji and Edulji promising to pull down Snoop Dogg's music video, 'King'. (Imaging: Shivam Aggarwal YouTube legal team has assured Kolkata-based law firm Edulji and Edulji promising to pull down Snoop Dogg's music video, 'King'. (Imaging: Shivam Aggarwal[/caption] “Upon further investigation, we found that the content in question has already been removed from the site. It may take some time for video search results and thumbnail images to disappear from the site but typically, this does not take more than a couple of days. Please be patient, as we assure you that the content has been removed,” the YouTube Legal Support Team has assured Edulji and Edulji law firm. READ MORE: Indian Parsis Give Snoop A Dogg-ed Life, Rapper Faces Ban In India

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