Selena Gomez's performance of her new song, "Come and Get It," at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday has received plenty of attention ... but not all of it has been positive.
To some, the 20-year-old singer's bindi, worn on her forehead as part of her costume, was insensitive.
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Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement that the bindi carries a religious significance that's "not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects as fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed."
Gomez isn't alone. The bindi, sometimes also called the third eye, hasn't been an uncommon sight in Hollywood, as other stars like Katy Perry and, perhaps most memorably, Gwen Stefani have been seen sporting bindi on their heads.
For Zed, that's problematic because it wasn't "created just for Hollywood’s usage to add dramatic [e]ffects, as some sanctity and spirituality was attached to these."
In the statement, Zed asks Gomez for an apology, saying that "as a renowned performer, she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions."
A rep for Gomez has no comment in response to the criticism.
As a hindu I find nothing objectionable at all. This individual has not right or standing to make any comment on this matter. Please carry on.
Who gives a rat's ass?
i worked for a black guy from your town....you know nothing about selena...shut up
Pretty pathetic. She might as well have worn an Indian head dress and threatened the audience with a rubber tomahawk.
There is no issue on wearing a Bindi.The dude is just trying to get some attention.I am a Hindu and again there is no issue wearing a Bindi-Go Selena-
selena did not do anything wrong and she's not a coward
My friend Collin Gray is trying to contact Selena Gomez, can anyone here get this message to her.
It is a youtube video of him asking her to our Army Ball when we get back from Afghanistan.
Here is the video link: http://youtu.be/lxsHPtOoRp8
Seems quite clear from scanning all the posts here that VERY few have a problem with Selena wearing the bindi. As has been pointed out, it's largely worn much like jewelry or make up, even by girls & women in India. It's also worn by Bollywood actresses in less than "innocent" or spiritual scenarios.
Since it seems the bindi does not hold the same spiritual or religious significance as it may once have, there is no merit to the argument against her or anyone else wearing it. I actually think it brings the focus to the eyes, often one of the most striking features of a woman. We have freedom of speech & expression in this country so she is not breaking any laws. Even if she were performing in India she would have the right to wear it. IF it held the same religious significance it once did centuries ago, it MIGHT make a little sense that people were upset. In today's society though & especially in THIS country, it's a non-issue.
I don't recall Gwen Stefani catching hell for wearing one but I DO recall a video of theirs being pulled because it upset Native Americans. That's another situation where people got bent out of shape for no reason. People REALLY need to lighten up!
Google Rajan Zed's name & you will see that he's just a publicity grabber who tries to get his name out there wherever he can, but he doesn't represent any critical mass of Hindus. The reporter here was not doing a very good job of getting at the truth but *was* good at stirring up false controversy.
I'm not Hindu, but I've been to India twice & my child was adopted from there. Wearing a bindi is more akin to wearing earrings, nail polish or eye makeup. They're cheap & you can buy stick-on ones anywhere over there. They are *not* "caste marks" as many Americans think.
Rajan is an idiot. I am Hindu and while they did have a heavy cultural significance, this has long ago changed. They did relate to caste, wealth, importance and a host of many other things, the specifics I am not aware of. Frankly, I think Gwen Stefani looks hot with the bindi on her head.
Oh please !! third eye ! give me a break, she looks beautiful, does not need to apologize for wearing it and being a hindu for all the 14 generations that I can trace of my family, I think the hindu statesman should go to the himalayas in some remote cave and live there. Most women and girls in India wear them as ornament. He doesn't ask the bollywood actresses to apologize does he ? Can't stand these guardians of religion .. hellbent on getting their two seconds of fame.
break ups are bad...but selena is beautiful she'll find another man
there was nothing wrong with breaking up with Justin Bieber..that is life!
How is this any different than a certain group of bikers who ride loud motorcycles, leathers, and have crosses all over their jackets. Some of them maybe atheists.... I am not a fan of Selena Gomez but I think Rajan Zed is definitely over-reacting her. It's called freedom of expression, get over yourself and grow up, Raj.
I completely agree. I am a Hindu myself. There is absolutely no reason for relating Bindi into any religious sentiments. In India where maximum hindu population resides, it's a part of daily make up for many women. In conservative hindu families it;s a aprt and parcel of women's attire and bulk of the modern , progressive hindu families leave it to women to wear it or not. Sad to see in a country like USA there are people like Ranjan Zed who just want to portray hinduism as a non-mainstream religion. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing bindi at any occaission and any women can wear it.
get help dear....nothing is going too stop this machine from talking
thank you for walking into the sh-t bag Selena is not talent
I am a hindu (well I don't know why they call us hindu but anyways) and I do not agree with that statement by some hindu organization regarding whatever is on her forehead. We have no rules whatsoever. God does not care. Karma is the word. Everyone is free. That's "hinduism". Don't tell other people what to do and what not to do, whoever you are stupid Razan. You are just someone trying to get some attention. This should not even be on CNN.
Just to remind this Razan guy, God himself once incarnates as a seductive woman. Boy, hindus are no religious nuts don't make us look like it. Selena Gomez is cool! :D Indians are doing all that all the time on their movies and this nut is telling Selena not to do it. Why don't you try to stop it in your home country first if you can hahahaha. (Hint: Don't do it, it's bad karma for you.)
I am a Hindu. I fully agree that anybody in the world can wear Bindi. Only ignorants will object. We should ignore
ReligiousNut: "I am a hindu (well I don't know why they call us hindu..."
...and here is where you opinion became invalid. sit down.
thanks for letting me talk
"renowned performer" – dafuq?
make sure its true first.
Take Care Selena....Hello Justin
IKR!!!! helloe justin and bye bye selena and gurlll i think that u need some help! lol
we agreed...you need a therapist...baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaa
If your God can't handle being insulted it should see a therapist.
Can you say same think about Allah, without being hunted down? So why insult any religion. What a b****y mindset. By the way I do not support Zed's view. But you are a poisoned mind.
"Can you say same think about Allah, without being hunted down?"
I still live in a free country, so yes. Yes I can.
1. heard me talk too my broker
2. watching me all day and saw me clean
3. bash the market in the morning
Selena should 'FO' Rajan Zed. If Mr Rajan is so sensitive to wearing a bindi and misuing it, he should perhaps be aware of mounting insults of women in India.
in few weeks for padre and birthday...yayay
i have not been too a k-bar in years...too busy
Nice job of lip-syncing-as Gene Simmons said, it's karaoke.They wear stupid costumes and have dancers parade around them to hide the factthat they can't sing.
that is why she's on stage...
She's a little twit with a nice little bod that the tweenie-boppers like, regardless of the fact that she's terrible. THATS whay she's on stage.
she's not a twit far from it.
The fact she is actually...well in her mind at least...."performing" isnt bad enough?
A talentless individual that has people mad at her over something that shouldnt have ever been done/worn to begin with (ergo bindi). Sounds like another Kardashian in the making LMAO
have a great day too all....the i machines are on...
Agreed! Ridiculous comments.
don't worry its almost over....so we can all be in PEACE
Selena is a no talent
we have that 1 too right?
As a practicing Hindu, I see no objection to any woman wearing it. Bindi is more ornamental than religious. Has Zed objected to the bindi being 'abused' by Bollywood?
She is handing it too us, useless and no power
At least it distracts from her "singing".
I don't believe most singers have that much authority over how they dress during concerts. Don't forget she has an agent, a stage manager, a wardrobe specialist, a choreographer, a set decorator and so on – I highly doubt that she is the one who said "This is what we're all wearing".
1. heard me open cd
2., knows when i received 2 grand in trap account
3. heard me speaking to my brokers
4. heard me at confirmation
also knows when i am receiving other funds...thanks...
How typical of CNN – they'll unappologetically run any story trashing Christianity – but they want an apology for Hindus for even a tangential reference to one of their symbols.
I did not read anything to indicate that CNN cares one way or another about an apology.
are you watching this ...
all the other bloggers were just thinking that very same thing...
Lots of entertainers wear religious symbols with no thought to their meaning or even if doing so would offend others. Look at the endless parade of "rappers" with crosses so egregious they would make a Borgia Pope blush and those people generally can hardly be called "Christians".
Entertainers are not noted for their ability to think rationally or even in mature manner. if it sells, it's swell.
If it sells its swell?
Pretty rational actually.
What is wrong in wearing a bindi. I am a Hindu. Many bollywood stars wear bindi while doing all kinds of gyrating dances while wearing skimpy clothes. I think Zed wants to be in news and canvas he is representing all hindus in north America.
Agreed! Ridiculous comments.
I agree. Rajan Zed is just an attention hog. Who went and made him the spokesperson for all Hindus?
All these fanatical whacko nut jobs need to be ignored.
Must be a slow news day. Who is this man complaining? Is he an official Hindu spokesman or just the only person CNN could find to make some kind of comment!? Seriously if you are soooo sensitive to religeous symbols being uzsed, go live in a cave and don't expose your pure spiritual mind to such western sacrilige. It's a free world and we are free to critisize and even to mock religion.
Hindus in the USA are liberal, progressive and rational. A bindi in a dance routine has nothing to do with Hinduism, and Rajan Zed is a nobody. He doesn't represent Hinduism or Hindus. At most he represents the views of 5-10% of Hindus in the USA. In fact in my opinion, Rajan Zed's criticism and talibanistic approach to all of this is in opposition to the teachings and practice of Hinduism.
As a member of the indian community I take no offense to her sporting the bindi...the bindi marks the location of the third eye...inner vision and intuition...the eye of vishnu...whether used seductively or not, this woman has a right to wear it for her own spiritual acknowledgment and even growth...if anything it help people get a better understanding of why we wear the bindi in the first place..and OH PLEASE have you not seen the bollywood actresses these days? They wear bindis too and are far from innocent...so remove you double standards please and thanksssss
So the day after Marathon bombers were caught, the Internet Outrage of the Day involves a performer wearing something resembling a style of a different group of people.
Did you get your 3 seconds of fame?.....hair style first...yep...
they like each other big f-cking deal--
Silly, please get a life. While it might have religious significance, it is definitely a fashion accessory as well. I should know, about 10 women in my family wear one occasionally...
I went to graduate school in the late 90s with a woman from India, who was in her 20s and married to an Indian man, her marriage was even arranged, so she held many traditional Indian values. She had brought in a sheet of self-stick Bindi and was putting one on before class started. I told her how lovely they were. She offered one for me to wear. I asked her if it was proper, because I didn't want to be disrespectful. She said no problem, traditionally they are only worn by married women but nowadays unmarried girls will wear them, and anyway, I was getting married in a couple of months. She put one on my forehead. A couple of non-Indian students entered the class and chastised me for "disrespecting Indian culture" for having one on. My friend, Shilpi, told them to be quiet because they had no idea what they were talking about.
There's nothing disrespectful in taking part in another's culture when you're invited to it, within the appropriate context. But that isn't remotely related to what Selena did.
Yes, the over the top political correctness can be annoying. Let everyone wear a bindi if they want to. Traditionally the
Exactly, what authority does she have to speak on behalf of Hinduism? While your friend may be lax in her adherence to tradition Mr. Zed certainly a more qualified spokesperson.
she heard the whole thing this week
" other stars like Katy Perry and, perhaps most memorably, Gwen Stefani have been seen sporting bindi on their heads."
So Gomez can't even come up with something original. No surprise there, from a manufactured "star".
It is racist to assume that someone shouldn't be wearing a bindi because they don't look a certain way. Anyone can wear a bindi, just like anyone can wear a hat. How the wearer interprets the meaning is part of their own spirituality that should not be imposed on others. My daughter like to wear bindis and she has blond hair and blue eyes. I have livied in India, and know for a fact that most Indian women wear bindis because they just like how it looks.
That red dot is where they poke themselves in the head and go "darn I got knocked up by an indian again".
I'd wager it's racist to say that your opinion, or your "right to do what you please," trumps that of the opinions and wishes of the ethnic group and cultures from which the items being appropriated, originated from. I'd also consider it pretty racist to think that by virtue of your existence, you have the right to supersede the authority of those from that ethnic group, disregard the integrity of their culture, and state that you are superior all while feigning "reverse racism," because someone had the audacity to tell you "no." Just because something exists, doesn't mean it exists for you to take. But that sort of reasoning requires a moral compass, and a sense of respect. And it certainly doesn't associate values with the voices of minorities based on who is more agreeable to your desires. Also it's ignorant and racist to assume that Indians can't have blonde hair or blue eyes. Thanks for the stereotype, world traveler.
I so agree with you. I am Indian...i don't see any problem with it. Fringe groups make me mad!!!
Maybe I should add a link to an "ITEM Song" – seductive dances in Bolllywood movies- where the ladies in skimpy dresses wear bindis. I G N O R E him!! do not apologize!!
I encourage women to dress up in all that hindi garb – its darn hot
I dont remember it that way MLevi, but I've forgotten as much of the 90's as I remember. The results of a misspent youth I reckon.
i lost another 4 lbs with those daily "things" - keep them coming
I want to *fap all over her lap
She is lip-singing so her act doesn't count anyway...
Did you even see the performance? Everyone who isn't tone deaf wished she lip sang, her live voice is HORRIBLE. As is her studio voice.
Selena is a sweet girl, but by no means is she a singer.
"Bindi" refers to the "third eye" which Hindu mythology recognizes but I doubt it means much more than that. Many many people have small statues in their homes of the Buddha, who are not Buddhists. Should Buddhists get upset? This is silly just as the concept of a "third eye" is pretty silly. Why Selena would be wearing one seems kind of silly also since I am not aware that she is a HIndu.
Incorrect. The bindi is as much a cultural and an ethnoreligious item to the people of South Asia, regardless of individual religion. And unless you are a person native to South Asia, then your feelings on the subject carry no weight compared to those who are. It's wise to be silent on subjects which you know little about.
where i live they love me sooooo much...they will tell u they never heard of me....
mustabait aboutt each other so what...
Sweet baby got a boof'n butt.
*spurt *spurt *spurt *spurt *spurt *SPLOOGE...
Blo is out yer asss.
I want to pet her furry little kitty.
Everyone is right with you–peace
We are the champions...
I want to make her my spunk monkey.
lots of jb jokes today...somebody needin? ha
Everyone keep their phones ON tonight...
Actually Jen, I do believe Madonna used a cross as an accessory & prop in one of her videos once, but people seemed more upset because she kissed a black man in it than they were that she desecrated a Christian symbol of faith, in a religious establishment no less
and she will probably use another prop before going out....WHO GIVES A SH8T
White women kiissing black men is quite popular nowadays–
They were more offended by the fact that he was a saint than the fact he was black.
I believe because the black man was representing a Saint more than anything.
Selena is much more attractive...i could see justin with her
I was going to post something about Bollywood similar to Godfery, but not nearly as in-depth or elegant. You nailed it on the head sir, well played
Get over it. People are too sensitive these days and take everything as an insult.
I wonder if you would say the same thing if she used a cross as a prop? Probably not.
Well I would say the same thing. If its your religion then you should feel secure enough with it not to let it bother you if others want to use the symbolism in another way. Watch the South Park episode about the image of Mohammed not being allowed to be shown in cartoons.
good for her!!!
I'm of Indian descent, and the Zed dude is a moron. Selena's hot.
don't watch it
Some anagrams for the name Selena Gomez:
Song Eez Lame
El Gas Em Zone
I want to get sleazy with her furry little gnome.
Who is this stupid Zed., the self appointed religious spokesman? Bindis are not a religious symbol. Its just a fashion accessory.
Selena is georgous
Boring...hot but BORING
This hypocrite Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism should take a long hard look at Bollywood movies, where the Indian actresses, making lewd suggestive gestures while dancing around trees often have "bindis." Now these are Hindus in a predominantly Hindu country. So what exactly is this ignoramus talking about? Let anybody, anybody watch these Bollywood movies and find out if these moves by the actresses are not "seductive effects" as this so called Hindu Statesman maintains. This has been going on for years.
This idiotic talking head should first do his homework before making his ignorance public. It's easy to target the West, but brother, look into your own backyard first, and second, let's hear you say something to the powerful Bollywood lobby and all the bindi sporting twirling Indian actresses. Don't use your religion in the West to gain sympathy by twisting the facts.
This idiot Rajan Zed only wants some publicity. And, by th way, Hinduism is a way of life and not a religion.
DAZ RIGHT BOSS..
jeanette is schmuck
Silly nonsense...Gwen Stefani wore one for years and no apology was ever needed also at the same awards show the band who played before her were dressed in traditional mariachi suits...should they apologize to the hispanic community too? this is so ridiculous
Last time I looked, many people of South Asian descent took offense to Gwen Stefani's act of cultural appropriation. Just because you failed to notice, doesn't mean we're all ok with it.
Love Selena's energy...you go girl
That wasn't "clever," that was just racist. Bitter about something?
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