Dispatches from the Creation Wars

India and Kissing Celebrities, Again

First it was Liz Hurley, now it’s Richard Gere with an arrest warrant in India for offending people by – gasp – kissing someone in public.

A local court in northern India Thursday issued arrest warrants for actors Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty in connection with their kissing at a public function in New Delhi, news reports said.

The additional chief judicial magistrate of Jaipur city issued the warrants while admitting a public interest litigation filed by a city resident Poonam Chand Bhandari, PTI news agency reported.

Bhandari had filed the suit complaining that Shetty and Gere had acted in an obscene manner in public.

Have they learned nothing from Footloose?

Comments

  1. #1 RickD
    April 27, 2007

    What I find particularly obnoxious about these warrants is that Shetty, in particular, clearly did not initiate the behavior, nor did she reciprocate what Gere was doing. Basically the judge is issuing a warrant for her arrest because Gere kissed her.

  2. #2 kehrsam
    April 27, 2007

    So, this is a country where people bathe naked in filthy rivers, where thousands of poor people take a dump every morning on the grass around airport runways, and where castrati roam around threatening to show off their mutilations, but kissing is out. Riiiigghht. As if they don’t know Gere is gay.

  3. #3 doctorgoo
    April 27, 2007

    If they think kissing in public was bad, just imagine their reaction when we tell them what Gere did with those poor gerbils…

    ;-)

  4. #4 KeithB
    April 27, 2007

    I think gerbils would be OK.

    Cows, on the other hand…

  5. #5 Dr X
    April 27, 2007

    “What I find particularly obnoxious about these warrants is that Shetty, in particular, clearly did not initiate the behavior, nor did she reciprocate what Gere was doing.”

    Clearly, the woman is guilty of being a female temptress. It’s rather unfair that Gere was charged given her deliberately provocative womanly existence.

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