Hindu leaders have demanded an apology from SELENA GOMEZ after she performed at the MTV Movie Awards with a religious bindi symbol on her forehead. Officials at the Universal Society of Hinduism have branded the pop star’s appearance during her Come & Get It song ‘insensitive’ and have urged her not to repeat it as she plans for an upcoming world tour.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed told WENN: ‘The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol..
It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions.’
One fan wrote, ‘Deal (sic) Selena Gomez the bindi is not just some fashion accessory you can throw on, cultural appropriation man.’ Another: ‘Selena Gomez, take that bindi of (sic) your head, cultural appropriation is not cute.’ A third follower said, ‘CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AT IT’S FINEST, MY RESPECT FOR SELENA IS FADING AS WE SPEAK.’
Selena: ‘Yeah, so I was in my dressing room and I had just finished performing. They knocked on my door and they said Brad Pitt would like to come in and I was like, ‘He can come in’. I was trying to play it cool and be really nice. As soon as he walked out I ran and I hid under the craft service table for like two minutes because I couldn’t believe it was happening.
He was like, ‘Can I have a picture with you?’ I was like, ‘Can I have a picture with you?’ I was so nervous. Like that stresses me out, but it was fine,” Gomez said. “I actually had fun and I got to meet Brad Pitt, so… I am. I met Brad Pitt. I’m great.’