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article imageNatalie Portman Asked to Apologize to Hindus

By KJ Mullins     Oct 6, 2008 in World
A Hindu group is requesting an apology from actress Natalie Portman after she appeared in the music video Carmensita. The group says that the actress using symbols of their religion was mocking it.
The Hindu group and the Jewish community in Washington say that the video mocks the religion's concepts and symbols.
The video that Portman appears in was made for ex-boyfriend Devendra Banhart, a Venezuelan-American musician and folk rock singer-songwriter. Portman plays Princess Carmensita Saplingita in the video.
Images in the video are considered revered in Hindu culture and not to be used as a dramatic effect according to
Indo-American Statesman and President of Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed.
NDTV
quotes Rabbi Jonathan B Freirich, a prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California:
"At this time of Jewish High Holy days, when soul searching and making of amends are recommended, Ms Portman has the perfect opportunity to show her true feelings of inclusion and open mindedness by apologizing for the participation in the video," he said.
Zed has said that Hindu is the oldest and third largest organized religion in the world and should not be taken lightly. He also added that no faith should be ridiculed.
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