Zoë Ambrozewska Staff Writer
Selena Gomez’s performance of her new single ‘Come And Get It’ at last weekend’s MTV Movie Awards has, rather unsurprisingly, sparked outrage from certain Hindu groups who found her outfit selection offensive, specifically the bindi worn on her forehead.
Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism, told WENN of the significance of the religious ornament, saying it is “sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol”. He later added, “it is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed… Selena should apologise and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions”. The Disney star herself had previously told MTV News that “the whole record kind of has a world feel to it in a way”.
The Times Of India has also made reference to the controversy surrounding Gomez’s performance, as well as pointing to elements including her classical Indian dance moves, and the male voice singing in Punjabi at the start of the track.
The singer has not yet responded to Rajan Zed’s comments, nor the uproar from social networking sites such as Twitter, and bravely donned the red bindi again as she sung on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past Tuesday (16 April).
Devoted fans and celebrity friends such as Demi Lovato, however, took to their Twitters to show appreciation for the Spring Breakers star’s performance.
So what are your thoughts on Selena’s Bollywood-inspired outfit? Was it an innovative thematic choice, or simply an idea that is not easy to get right without being culturally insensitive? Let us know your thoughts!