Heidi Klum sparks religious uproar, confused erections

November 4th, 2008 // 91 Comments

Looks like Project Runway can expect a sharp drop among its Hindu viewership. Yahoo! reports:

Heidi Klum, who dressed up as Hindu goddess Kali, who symbolizes death and destruction, for her Halloween bash, has left the Hindu community in America fuming.
The German supermodel dressed up as Kali for the Halloween party at her place on Oct 31, and was even awarded for the best costume of the night.
And now upset Hindus have asked Klum to make a public apology for posing as a sacred figure.
“Goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she is meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in clubs for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects,” Contactmusic quoted Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed as saying.
He added: “Hindus welcome Hollywood and other entertainment industries to immerse themselves in Hinduism, but they should take it seriously and respectfully, and not just use the religion for decoration or to advance their selfish agenda.”
Other than Zed, various Hindu leaders, including Jawahar L. Khurana of the Hindu Alliance of India, and Bhavna Shinde of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, have condemned Klum for posing as Goddess Kali.
They went to the extent of calling Klum’s act as “denigrating.”

Weird, but I would think that, when one of the world’s hottest women chooses to emulate one of your deities, it would be a positive thing. Especially if it’s a goddess who symbolizes death and destruction. If anything, maybe having a goddess who symbolizes death and destruction in the first place is the problem. Isn’t that a little…negative, like having a goddess who symbolizes venereal warts and paper cuts? No wonder these guys are so cranky.

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    I think it’s extremely inappropriate and embarrassingly stupid to portray a religious icon just for a Halloween goof. Many western societies find it easy and profitable to parody the Hindu gods for their blue skin tones, multiple limbs, and ornate jewelery. Okay, I get it. It’s interesting and foreign but it doesn’t make it right to exploit the images for entertainment without acknowledging it’s integral role within the temple. People often dress as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary but the key difference is that the majority of these people (and those they interact with) are aware of its religious context.

    I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people at this party and many readers of The Superficial just mentally stored this image within their arsenal of “freaky pagan Gods” and may never try to appreciate it’s religious importance.

    To the editor of Superfiicial: I think that you are hilarious, but I also think that you might have misunderstood the religious importance of Kali within Hinduism. You believe that “having a goddess who symbolizes death and destruction in the first place is the problem.” I believe that death and destruction are a natural part of life and since religion is based upon achieving an understanding of life AND death, it only seems obvious that Hindus reflect and respect the power of these events through our dieties.
    I think that it’s silly that Heidi Klume has been “condemned” for her actions but it would be mature step forward if she and others acknowledge that this situation was a mistake and Hindus do have a right be hurt. I am hurt.

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