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Richard Gere Burned in Effigy in India

Old 04-16-07, 03:47 PM
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Richard Gere Burned in Effigy in India

Anybody see this (I did a search but did not find it)

Richard Gere, o he of many liberal causes, has caused major protests in India.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070416/...iss_protests_1



y SAM DOLNICK, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 16, 11:24 AM ET

NEW DELHI - Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of
Richard Gere on Monday after he swept a popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event.

Photographs of the 57-year-old actor embracing
Shilpa Shetty and kissing her on the cheek at an
HIV/AIDS awareness event in New Delhi were splashed across Monday's front pages in India a country where sex and public displays of affection are largely taboo.

In Mumbai, members of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Shiv Sena beat burning effigies of Gere with sticks and set fire to glamorous shots of Shetty.

Similar protests broke out in other cities, including Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest city, and in the northern town of Meerut, where crowds chanted "Down with Shilpa Shetty!"

The two appeared at a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday to highlight the HIV/AIDS epidemic among India's truck drivers. In front of a cheering crowd, Gere kissed the giggling Shetty on the hand, then kissed her on both cheeks before bending her in a full embrace to kiss her cheek again.

"This is a bit too much," Shetty said after the embrace.

On Monday, Shetty tried to stamp out the controversy.

"I understand this is his culture, not ours. But this was not such a big thing or so obscene for people to overreact in such manner," she told the Press Trust of India news agency.

"I understand people's sentiments, but I don't want a foreigner to take bad memories from here," PTI quoted her as saying.

The spokesman for Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party condemned the kiss.

"Such a public display is not part of Indian tradition," said Prakash Javadekar, according to PTI.

Shetty, already well-known in India, became an international star after her appearance on the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" another controversial public appearance. A fellow contestant, Jade Goody, sparked international headlines by making allegedly racist comments to Shetty. Mobs took to the streets of India to denounce Goody, and Shetty went on to win the competition.

Gere's screen credits include "Chicago," "Pretty Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman."
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Don't believe their published reason. They're really upset about the whole gerbil thing.
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I see at least two things in this article that most Americans don't care about:

1) Richard Gere

2) Bollywood
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Originally Posted by jdodd
I see at least two things in this article that most Americans don't care about:

1) Richard Gere

2) Bollywood
3) British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother"
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Here's some pictures of the Bollywood actress in question:





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His effigy should have been burned a long time ago for Red Corner.
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So they have no problems with those pictures but a kiss from Gere is taboo?
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I told him to stay out of Effigy.
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Having seen some Bollywood movies, all I can say is that these people have some serious taste issues to begin with.
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Originally Posted by bhk
His effigy should have been burned a long time ago for Red Corner.


"You think I give a shit? Whaddya gonna do, ya gonna shoot me twice?"

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Looking at her pics, I'd be kissing her as well!
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Originally Posted by melbatoast
Looking at her pics, I'd be kissing her as well!
Ding, ding! We have a winner! No more calls please.

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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Having seen some Bollywood movies, all I can say is that these people have some serious taste issues to begin with.
Let me explain something about India(and their movies). Most people living there aren't interested in seeing real life depicted on the screen. They want to be entertained and that means a little of everything(song, dance, action, romance on the screen). Their lives are hard enough to where they want an escape. The Shiv-Sena thugs do this sort of thing quite often. They were the ones who vandalized stores that sold Valentine's cards in the past. They are like the local mafia and harrass shopkeepers.
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Originally Posted by bhk
Let me explain something about India(and their movies). Most people living there aren't interested in seeing real life depicted on the screen. They want to be entertained and that means a little of everything(song, dance, action, romance on the screen). Their lives are hard enough to where they want an escape. The Shiv-Sena thugs do this sort of thing quite often. They were the ones who vandalized stores that sold Valentine's cards in the past. They are like the local mafia and harrass shopkeepers.
So, let them rent Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. Sheesh.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
So, let them rent Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. Sheesh.
How does that help the largest(wrt # of movies made) movie industry in the world?
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Of the million reasons to burn Richard Gere in effigy, they do it because he kissed a rather attractive woman on the cheek? That's just odd.
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Can we please get back to the lesbian makeout session?
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She is hot as hell and I'd be kissing her as well!

People who are uptight about kissing,nudity,sexuality in general need to get booted off the planet. It's unnatural to be that prudish/fearful of a simple kiss or hand holding in public among other things.

I wonder how they feel about violence? Hmm, since it seems they lash out violently(burning things,making threats). It seems that more 'tolerable' than a simple public kiss. And that's just insane in my opinion!
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ahh shetty.
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When I read "burned in effigy" and that it was done by right wingers, I Laughed my ass off and said, "it figures"
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Originally Posted by Julie Walker
She is hot as hell and I'd be kissing her as well!
Oooh yeah... more hot girl-on-girl action.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
Oooh yeah... more hot girl-on-girl action.
Well, close enough.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Well, close enough.
Yeah, kinda.
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Sex and public displays of affection are taboo for Hindus, yet there's 1 billion of them.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
I told him to stay out of Effigy.

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