Pop Culture’s appropriation of Hindu deities sparks controversy.

Krishna Culture KRON-TV(San Francisco): 1/22/01 KNBC-TV (Los Angeles): 11/29/00 Pop Culture’s appropriation of Hindu deities sparks controversy. Take a walk down Haight Street in San Francisco and you’ll notice that colorful and exotic Hindu imagery is the height of fashion in many trendy clothing stores. T-shirts, shoes, purses are emblazoned with the images of Hindu deities such as the elephant god Ganesha and Lord Shiva. And it's not just on clothing: music artists and advertisers are also using ...

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Toilet Seat Company Flushed Offline?

Published in: Rediff.com Published: 11/18/2000 Author: NIRSHAN PERERA The owner of Sittin’ Pretty won’t talk, but her Web site may be talking for her. Lamar Van Dyke’s mom-and-pop e-commerce operation, which sells designer toilet seats decorated with images of Hindu gods, has been flickering on and off the Internet since yesterday. On Thursday, American Hindus Against Defamation discovered the Seattle company’s Sacred Seat product line only zeros in on the Hindu religion. For $130, consumers can pu ...

Hinduism Today: Scandalous Sandals

Original URL: http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/makepdf.php?itemid=4133   STYLE Scandalous Sandals A merican Hindus against defamation has just launched a new campaign ( www.hindunet.org/ahad/shoes/) expressing their outrage and disgust over shoes with Hindu Deities printed on them. The reporter who broke the story, Ravi Adhikari, is a senior editor with New York City-based News India-Times. He found the shoes at a local Manhattan store called "$10 Express" and traced ...

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Varsha Bhosle’s Article on Rediff: Shittin’ Gritty

Original URL: Varsha Bhosle Column on Rediff Shittin' Gritty by Varsha Bhosle By now you've all read about Sittin' Pretty Designs' toilet seats bearing images of Ganpati Bappa and Kali Ma, who are the only two deities featured in the company's "Sacred Seat Collection" suite. Meaning, only Hindu deities are sacred, or, only Hindu deities deserve to embellish toilet seats, or, only Hindus take affronts lying down, or in this case, sitting up. Interestingly, the company's website went to great lengths ...

NYT: NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT – JACKSON HEIGHTS; Of Gods and Soles: Hindu Images on Shoes Lead to Protest

By TARA BAHRAMPOURAUG. 6, 2000 Original URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/06/nyregion/neighborhood-report-jackson-heights-gods-soles-hindu-images-shoes-lead-protest.html Forget Miami's Cubans. The New York City Hindu lobby is a force to be reckoned with. Last month, after a discount store in Jackson Heights started selling sandals adorned with colorful images of Hindu gods, Hindu residents began an e-mail blitzkrieg that elicited hundreds of outraged responses from around the world. In letters addresse ...

Protests Over Sandals With Deities

NEWS INDIA-TIMES  PAGE ONE STORY 28 JULY 2000 ISSUE Protests Over Sandals With Deities By RAVI ADHIKARI Hindus, who passed by the display window of a shoestore in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, July 17, exclaimed He Bhagwan! (Oh My God), in shock mixed with anguish and anger. The store was selling footwear imprinted with the images of Shiva, Ganesha and Gayatri. For almost three hours on that day, sitting outside the display window of "$10 Express" on 82d Street, Jackson Heights, this repo ...

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High court’s decision won’t end debate over student-led prayers

AHAD on Supreme Court Ruling about School Sports Prayers: Originally Published in: Dallas Morning News By: Jeff Weiss Published On: 06/19/2000 High court's decision won't end debate over student-led prayers DALLAS, Texas _ The girl who took the microphone at a small-town Texas football field for a pre-game prayer set off a broad national debate. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruling that declared her prayer unconstitutional was very specific. The court rejected the invocation delivered in Santa Fe _ s ...

US Baptists pray for ‘Satan’s Hindu slaves’

AHAD Condemns Southern Baptist Diwali Booklet Publication: The Guardian Author: James Meek, Religious Affairs Editor Publication Date: Nov. 2, 1999 US Baptists pray for 'Satan's Hindu slaves' Just weeks after outraging US Jewish leaders with a booklet aimed at converting Jews to Christianity, the country's biggest Protestant denomination has done it again with a campaign to convert "900 million people lost in the hopeless darkness of Hinduism". The latest campaign by the Southern Baptist Congregatio ...

UNHINDU HINDUS Apolitical Intolerance Has Now Struck the Community

Tunku Varadarajan believes that we are UnHindu, because we stand up for Hindu dharma!  Maybe, he missed the Dotbusters era... India Today (North American edition) Sep. 14, 1999 ALTERNATE ACCENT | Tunku Varadarajan   UNHINDU HINDUS - Apolitical Intolerance Has Now Struck the Community I am a Hindu. My childhood was steeped in Hindu scripture and prayer, and we often spent our vacations in Benaras, where my old grandmother lived in Hanuman Ghat. My father took us to the Ganges in the mo ...

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Shloka In Orgy Scene To Go, But Hundreds of Prints of Eyes Wide Shut Will Still Retain It

  Publication: Rediff URL: http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/sep/01us1.htm Date of Publication: 09/1999 Author: R S Shankar Bowing to pressure by the American Hindus Against Defamation and its allies, Warner Bros agreed on Monday to delete from the soundtrack the Bhagvad Gita used in an orgy scene in Stanley Kubrick's controversial film, Eyes Wide Shut. The movie, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, explores the darker side of a marriage, and ends up supporting monogamy. Hailed by ma ...