October 01, 2016  

Cheryl Cole Struck by Hindu Leaders for Portraying Goddess Kali

February 12, 2010 (8:59 am) GMT
Being reported to portray Indian goddess Kali in new video, Cheryl Cole has come under fire from Hindu leaders who are upset their Hinduism concepts and symbols are used inappropriately.

Hindu leaders have taken aim at British pop star after learning she'll be portraying Indian goddess Kali in her new video. Reports suggest the singer will be all-blue for the promo of Parachute - and Hindus are far from happy.

Religious scholar Rajan Zed has called for "clarification" from Cole, explaining, "The goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she's meant to be worshiped in temples, and not to be duplicated in music videos for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects." Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, adds, "This should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed. The inappropriate use of Hinduism concepts and symbols is not OK."

"We welcome entertainers who immerse themselves in Hinduism, but they should take it seriously and respectfully and not just for indecorous showing of Hindu symbols and concepts to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees."

Cole isn't the first star to upset Hindus by portraying Kali - became a target when she dressed up as the deity for a Halloween party in 2008. And upset religious leaders when she portrayed another Indian religious figure, Princess Carmensita, in then-boyfriend 's "Carmensita" video.

More Cheryl Cole News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Robin Williams' Widow Calls the Actor's Disease 'the Terrorist Inside My Husband's Brain'
  2. First Official Look at Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in 'Beauty and the Beast'
  3. 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Keegan Allen Tweets His Phone Number
  4. Armie Hammer Accidentally Reveals Sex of His Unborn Baby
  5. Kelly Osbourne Settles Lawsuit With Dad Ozzy's Mistress
  6. Donald Trump Has His Own Porn Video Despite Bashing Alicia Machado for Her Sex Tape
  7. 'Criminal Minds' Finds Thomas Gibson's Replacement, John Legend Lands 'Underground' Role
  8. Kim Kardashian Pays Tribute to Late Dad With Throwback Video on His Death Anniversary