Third eye blind: Selena Gomez angers Hindus

KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES Selena Gomez finds herself embroiled in a controversy involving a dance she did and the improper use of a bindi.
KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES Selena Gomez finds herself embroiled in a controversy involving a dance she did and the improper use of a bindi.
Posted: April 18, 2013

OVER THE COURSE of Tattle's lengthy tattling career, virtually every nationality, ethnic group and religious sect has been offended by something done by some celebrity, movie or TV show.

Today, we bring you the Hindus, who are mad at Selena Gomez for having a sparkling bindi on her head in an Indian-themed performance of "Come & Get It" at the MTV Movie Awards.

Leaders at the Universal Society of Hinduism want Selena to apologize for wearing the religious adornment.

"The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance," Rajan Zed told World Entertainment News Network. "It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol. . . . 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."

In other words, the bindi ain't a tramp stamp.

The Times of India, per the Huffington Post, noted that there were other traditional Indian motifs to Selena's performance, including a man singing in Punjabi and classic Indian dance moves.

But when asked about the performance by MTV News, Selena said that her costume would be "glam tribal" and her song was "very European and has a lot of island-y sounds."

India, however, is not part of Europe, nor is it an island, so in addition to learning about world religions, there's also geography.

Cutting back on sex

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that film permits requested by the porn industry have all but ceased in L.A. County as producers try to figure out a workaround for the new law that requires actors to wear condoms during shoots.

"Most production companies have ceased shooting in L.A. County," said Diane Duke, CEO of the Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition, porn's trade organization. "They have other options in other states and communities."

Hey, porn stars, why not ditch L.A. for Philadelphia? We're the city that loves you back-door.


Chris Tucker will host this year's BET Awards, June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

He said in a statement that he's honored and "looking forward to being part of a really great show."

The BET Awards are part of a three-day event that the network is putting on that weekend dubbed "BET Experience at L.A. Live." It kicks off June 28 with a Beyonce concert. Other performers throughout the weekend include Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, the Jacksons and R. Kelly.

* Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has denied rumors of a split from his wife, Sharon, and apologized to his family for returning to alcohol and drugs.

The Black Sabbath singer says that he was in a "dark place," but has been sober for 44 days.

In a message posted Tuesday on his Facebook page, 64-year-old Ozzy said that "for the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs."

Ozzy Osbourne drinking and taking drugs. What is the world coming to?

* Scores of Charlie Chaplin impersonators in bowler hats tramped through the streets of Adipur, a small port town in western India, at an annual parade to mark the birthday of the legendary comic actor.

Adipur's only claim to fame is its 40-year-old celebration of Chaplin, who would have turned 124 had he not died in 1977.

More than 100 people participated in Tuesday's parade, which included brass bands, camel carts, open jeeps, skits and a screening of one of his classic films ("Modern Times," "City Lights," "The Great Dictator," take your pick).

"Charlie Chaplin is our hero. Every year we celebrate his birthday with a parade," said Ashok Aswani, founder of Charlie Circle, a club that has been celebrating Chaplin's birthday since 1973.

Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies," Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior," Zadie Smith's "NW," A.M. Homes' "May We Be Forgiven," Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" and Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" are finalists for the Women's Prize for fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize.

The award, in its 18th year, celebrates writing by women in English. The winner, to be announced in London on June 5, will receive $45,000.

* The Tribeca Film Festival has created an award for female filmmakers in honor of the late Nora Ephron.

Tribeca announced the prize on Tuesday, on the eve of its 12th-annual festival. The award will be presented to a female writer or director, the festival said, "who embodies the spirit and vision" of Ephron.

The 71-year-old New York-based Ephron died last year after a lifetime of writing books, plays and movies, including "When Harry Met Sally . . . " and "Sleepless in Seattle."

The $25,000 prize is eligible to filmmakers with films premiering in North America at Tribeca.

* The Motion Picture Association of America is changing its rating system to better inform parents about violence in movies.

CEO Christopher Dodd announced the tweaks in Las Vegas on Tuesday at the annual movie-theater convention, CinemaCon.

The White House has called on the movie industry to give parents better tools to monitor violence in media since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

The new ratings system will include descriptions about why a movie received its ratings.

For example, the rating might cite "war violence" or "strong carnage."

Unfortunately, we're going to need the same rating system for the news.

- Daily News wire services

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