Reporting Annie Reuter
When Selena Gomez took the stage Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards to perform her new single “Come & Get It,” the last thing she expected was backlash. Dressed in red and barefoot, Gomez also donned a bindi on her forehead. Not a Hindu herself, it was the bindi that caused controversy.
The bindi is a religious symbol to Hindus, and the fact that Gomez sported one during her seductive performance had many unhappy.
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol,” Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said. “It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”
Gomez has yet to speak out on wearing the bindi, but when she took the stage last night to perform the track on Dancing With the Stars, she changed her bindi to a simpler design.
Gomez’s latest single “Come & Get It” encompasses tribal percussion and during her performance the choreography intertwined Indian dance moves.
While many unhappy fans took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the performance, others rallied behind Gomez.
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As Gomez gears up for a world tour this year, it might be wise for her to leave her bindi behind for good.