Natalie Portman has been asked to make an apology for her depiction of Princess Carmensita Saplingita in the above music video.
That Hollywood needs to be more sensitive when dealing with concepts and religious values of people from some Hindu scholars.
“Hindus would gladly provide genuine Hollywood seekers the resources they needed for their study and research. Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.”
The depiction is tongue in cheek Bollywood and it may not be to everyone’s taste. However no one has authority to tell anyone how anything should be depicted, especially when Hinduism has no central authority to be respected on these matters. Modern cultures will re-tell stories in new innovative ways. As an art form they may fail – the music may make you wish you were tone death. For others it will be a masterpiece, or at least good in a fashionable sense, and the first time they have ever encountered the tale. Perhaps never having heard the story before.
Devendra Banhart has drawn my attention to a story I knew nothing about. In that, as a story teller he has done the job allowing the tale to relive once more for a new generation. The scholars should be getting involved with the publicity by telling the story of the Princess and the history of their faith. Rather than easily bruised sensibilities.
At the moment all the internet is talking about is Natalie Portman. They could try giving substance. Or is that too much to ask of indignant easily offended people?