Mike Myers has a new film with a new set of zany characters that clearly mimic and probably mock Hinduism. Yet, the producers of the film maintain that the depicted religion is entirely made up. Right.
American based Hindu activists are not buying it…
They say that in the West so little is known about Hinduism that even a parody like Love Guru could be misinterpreted by teenagers and give them a skewed view of the religion.
“They should draw a line when it comes to people’s faith,” says Bhavna Shinde of the Sanatan Society in the US.
She is upset that the main character wears sacred Hindu saffron robes and carries holy prayer beads.
Mike Myers himself has described the religion he lampoons as a “mythical creation – it’s like the Force in Star Wars”.
Personally, I think it is perfectly OK to make fun of both made up and ‘real’ religions. It is not like there is a lot of difference between them.