Selena Gomez debuted her Bollywood-inspired song “Come & Get It” at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards and is now being slammed for wearing the Hindu religious ornament bindi on her head.
Universal Society of Hinduism 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.”
Zed insisted that Gomez apologize and learn more about religious practices and traditions of other people. He explained: “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.”
Gomez reportedly called her costume as “glam tribal,” which seemed to match the Bollywood-style tune of her song. In an interview before her MTV performance, Selena excitedly said: “The whole record kind of has a world feel to it in a way. It’s very European and has a lot of island-y sounds.”
Wearing her bindi yet again as she performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, Gomez continued to promote her new music by saying: “It’s got a cool vibe to it, so we’re applying it to the performance and even the tour and for future things we want to do and for this kick-off performance.”
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