LATEST: Pop star Katy Perry has mocked the furore over a controversial promotional photo showing the star holding a knife up to her face - by striking a similar pose with a spoon in a new internet photo.
The I Kissed A Girl hitmaker provoked outrage in the U.K. after the PR snaps for her album One For The Boys surfaced last week (22Oct08).
She defended herself against the criticism, insisting she is "against all violence" and claimed the photo was three years old.
But she has stirred controversy by making light of the situation on her website with the spoof snap, in which she holds a spoon against her cheek, similar to the original knife picture.
The photo is accompanied by the caption: "But I do condone eating ice cream with a very large spoon."
And now anti-crime campaigners in Britain - where knife and gun crime has soared in recent years - are calling for Perry to be dropped as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which are due to take place in Liverpool, England on 6 November (08).
Paul Bowman, father of British teenage murder victim Sally Anne Bowman, says, "MTV should pull this woman off air. She shouldn't be rewarded with an appearance before billions of youngsters. She's a bad role model."