Cheryl Cole is no goddess

Why religious leaders are upset with the singer
Sunday , 14 February 2010
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole
Heidi Klum at her 2008 Halloween party dressed as the Hindu goddess Kali
Heidi Klum at her 2008 Halloween party dressed as the Hindu goddess Kali

Cheryl Cole clearly didn’t learn from Heidi Klum’s mistake.

When the supermodel decided to go as Hindu goddess Kali for her infamous Halloween party in 2008, she created an uproar among Hindu leaders who were furious with the model’s choice of costume and demanded she apologise for her actions.

And now Cheryl is the latest celeb to be criticised for choosing to portray the sacred goddess. The Girls Aloud singer was set to be painted blue for her upcoming music video to be made to look like the deity, but when religious leaders caught wind of it, plans changed.

Religious scholar Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said, "The goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she's meant to be worshipped in temples, and not to be duplicated in music videos for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects.”

He went on to say, “We welcome entertainers who immerse themselves in Hinduism, but they should take it seriously and respectfully and not just for indecorous showing of Hindu symbols and concepts to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.”

Cheryl and Heidi are not the only celebs to get in hot water with Hindu leaders. Actress Natalie Portman was also criticized for dressing as the Hindu deity, Princess Carmensita, in then boyfriend Davendra Banhardt’s music video for his song, Carmensita.