Gomez, who is usually in the headlines for her on-again-off-again romance with Justin Bieber, recently stirred up controversy for her Come and Get It Bollywood-inspired performance at the MTV Movie Awards and Dancing with the Stars. No longer a Disney teen, a sexy and more confident Gomez debuted on stage. The Latina pop star wore a bindi on her forehead, and her new song has elements of Indian music. The bindi, a religious symbol, offended a Hindu group who demanded that Gomez apologize.
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance…it is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory,” said Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism in a statement to WENN. Gomez hasn’t addressed the controversy.
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