Hindus want apology from Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has drawn the fire of several American Hindo scholars for her starring role in now-ex-boyfriend Devendra Banhart's video Carmensita, which draws heavily on the religion's imagery. Her portrayal of Princess Carmensita Saplingita "mocks Hindu concepts and symbols," Starpulse reports. Have they ever seen your average Bollywood production?
"The images used in the video are revered in Hinduism and are not to be thrown around loosely for dramatic effects. We invite Hollywood to immerse itself in Hinduism, but we ask that actors and actresses, directors and producers take our religion seriously and respectfully," Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed says. "... Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees."
Officials at the Hindu Alliance of India, Shri Ramayan Pracharini Sabha and the India Heritage Panel all have called for her to decry the video, as well, something she's likely considering now that she and Banhart are splitsville.
"If Natalie Portman offers a sincere public apology, Hindus would not only absolve her but might also pray for her success in future ventures," Zed offers. Wow, they're better than your average Star Wars fan, then.