Hindu-In-Chief Bullies Selena Gomez Out of Copping Forehead Jewelry

Spring Breaking wet blanket Selena Gomez released the video for her new single "Come and Get It" earlier in this week. In it, she plays an angel-baby version of Melissandre the Fire Priestess and sings a coded message to the Monkey God Bieber. One thing missing from her "glam tribal" get up, however, is the bindi she has brazenly sported to otherwise sacred cultural events like the MTV Movie Awards and Dancing with the Stars.

Judging by a press release, Hindus (yes, all one billion of them, even that "richest Hindi" from Girls and also my dad, who had never heard of her) could not be happier with Gomez's decision.

The grandiose statement was put out by something called the Universal Society of Hinduism, which is headquartered in that ancient spiritual holy ground of Reno, Nevada. The release quotes, liberally, from the organization's founder Rajan Zed, whose ambitious list of interests on the group's web site includes "Hindu, interfaith, religion, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world."

Zed wastes no time identifying the sexually charged free-market motives that drove Gomez's cultural larceny:

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that bindi on forehead was an ancient tradition in Hinduism and had religious significance and was not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects as fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.

The beneficent Zed also offered to guide Gomez on her exploration of Hinduism, which thus far consisted of learning "about my seven chakras and bindis and stuff."

Rajan Zed suggested that instead of loosely talking about Hinduism, Selena Marie Gomez’s, 20, should seriously explore Hinduism. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist, if asked, he added.

While we're on the topic of cultural appropriation, my mom would still like to know why that white girl was thanking India on the radio.

The full press release is below:

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Hindus pleased as Selena dropped bindi in actual “Come & Get It” video

Hindus are pleased at American actress/singer Selena Gomez not wearing bindi in sexy music video for her latest single “Come & Get It”, which premiered on May seven night, as bindi did not make it to the actual video.

Hindus had termed Selena’s debut performance of "Come & Get It” at MTV Awards ceremony in California (USA) on April 14 sporting bindi as “insensitive” and asked for an apology.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that bindi on forehead was an ancient tradition in Hinduism and had religious significance and was not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects as fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, thanked Selena Marie Gomez’s, 20, for having a feel for the Hindu sentiments and thus not wearing bindi in the music video.

Rajan Zed suggested that instead of loosely talking about Hinduism, Selena Marie Gomez’s, 20, should seriously explore Hinduism. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist, if asked, he added.

Zed pointed out that Hollywood needed to understand that Hinduism, with about one billion adherents, was oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophical thought. Its concepts and symbols had well-defined meanings and purposes and these were not created just for Hollywood’s usage to add dramatic affects as some sanctity and spirituality was attached to these, Zed added.

Rajan Zed noted that bindi (also known by tika, tilak, pundra and other names), also sometimes referred as “third eye” and flame, was an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol, and was also used for meditative purposes.

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