Multi-religion protest against The Love Guru film
Calls for public apology by Paramount Pictures and its parent Viacom on issues surrounding The Love Guru movie, started by acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed, are gathering strength.
Now Nevada Clergy Association (NCA); which is composed of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Bahai, Native American clergy; has joined others in asking for Paramount/Viacom apology.
In a statement issued in Nevada (USA), Right Reverend Gene Savoy Jr., NCA President, said, “We urge Paramount and Viacom to issue a general public apology over this issue, which will help heal the wounds of seemingly perturbed one-billion-strong Hindu community”.
Rev. Savoy, who is himself a well-respected Head Bishop of International Community of Christ, said in this statement, “We are dismayed at Paramount Pictures, presenter of this movie, for backtracking on their promise to protesting Hindu brothers-sisters, which we consider an unethical business practice. We are also appalled at Paramount and its parent Viacom for utter disregard of the protesters and making no efforts to have an open civilized dialogue with protesters and arrive at a mutually acceptable solution, who have been stressing that this movie denigrates Hinduism and Hindu concepts.”
He congratulated Rajan Zed ‘for his successful campaign’ against the Hollywood movie The Love Guru and thanked him for ‘effectively creating this debate and awakening the future filmmakers to be more sensitive to the feelings of devotees when dealing with faith related issues’.
Rev. Savoy further said, “We at NCA are for free speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith is something sacred and attempts at debasing it hurt the adherents. Hollywood should be more conscious while handling faith related subjects, as cinema is a very mighty medium and it can create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences. We are concerned that today it is Hinduism; tomorrow Hollywood might attempt to mock another denomination/religion, which can be very painful to the faithful.”