American Hindu leaders are outraged that Selena Gomez wore a bindi symbol
on her forehead during her "insensitive" performance at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.
Gomez, a former Disney star turned pop singer, sported a sparkly bindi on her forehead as part of her costume for her performance of her new single, "Come & Get It."
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Now, Hindu leaders are demanding an apology from Gomez.
"The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance," Rajan Zed of the Universal Society of Hinduism told World Entertainment News. "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."
Twitter users also bashed Gomez's costume.
"My friend who is a Sikh is raging that Selena wore a bindi 'she has no right, it's like she's mocking us, it isn't her religion, we don't go around wearing crosses. It's not our religion. We would most likely get burned to the ground if we did, why is she so special," one person wrote.
Justin Bieber, Gomez's ex-boyfriend, was also slammed over the weekend for an insensitive comment
he made. While visiting the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam Friday, Bieber wrote that he hoped the teen, who famously hid from the Nazis in a small apartment during World War II, would have been a fan of his.
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber," Bieber wrote in the museum's guest book, referring to his legion of diehard fans.
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