Perennial hindu whinger Rajan Zed has called on Houston Ballet to cancel the ballet La Bayadère.
Zed said in a statement saying that Houston Ballet, nation's fifth largest ballet company which claimed to be an "anti-racist organization",
should not be in the business of callously promoting appropriation of traditions, elements and concepts of "others"; and ridiculing entire communities.
Zed said that this deeply problematic ballet was just a blatant belittling of a rich
civilization and exhibited 19th-century orientalist attitudes. He urged non-profit Houston Ballet to apologize for such an inappropriate selection.
Zed also urged Houston Ballet Trustees Chair S. Shawn Stephens, Executive Director James Nelson and
Artistic Director Stanton Welch to re-evaluate its systems and procedures so that such an inappropriate stuff did not slip through in the future. In addition, all Houston Ballet employees should be sent for cultural sensitivity training.
The perennial hindu whinger Rajan Zed is urging Prairie Krafts Brewing Company from Illinois to apologize and rename/withdraw its Trishul Pale Ale; claiming it to be highly inappropriate.
Zed said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols
or concepts or deities or icons for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Zed indicated that Trishul was an emblem of Lord Shiva and one of the principal divine symbols in Hinduism; and its three prongs denoted the powers of
creation, preservation, destruction; and represented three gunas (fundamental principles of universe).
Breweries should not be in the business of religious appropriation, sacrilege, and ridiculing entire communities. It was deeply trivializing of
divine Hindu symbol to be displayed on a beer can, Zed claimed.
Upset Hindus have urged Anheuser-Busch InBev, largest brewer in the world, to change the name of its popular Brahma beer, claiming it to be highly inappropriate. The perennial hindu whinger Rajan Zed said:
Creator god Lord
Brahma was highly revered in Hinduism, and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be misused as a toasting tool or selling beer for mercantile greed.
Anheuser-Busch InBev should not be in the business of
religious appropriation, sacrilege, and ridiculing entire communities. Inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu deities or concepts or symbols or icons for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Rajan Zed added that
Hollywood celebrities Megan Fox and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly acted in Brahma beer commercials.
Brahma was created by Swiss immigrant Joseph Villager in Brazil in 1888. The company is known throughout Brazil as beer number 1.
Beers sold under the Brahma name include a lager, a double malt, a wheat beer and a chocolate stout, all named after a smart English geezer called Joseph Bramah, who invented the draft pump valve. But the unnamed and ooh-so-touchy
interfaith coalition is convinced that the name belongs exclusively to Lord Brahma, Hinduism's four-headed god of creation, and wants the brewer to find a new name for the product.
Lucas Rossi, Head of Communications for Anheuser-Busch InBev's Latin
America subsidiary, appears not be be intimidated. He said:
After explaining that the spelling was changed from Bramah to Brahma to make the name work better in the Portuguese language, and that the Brahma brand s very
important to the culture of Brazil which has a tiny minority of Hindus.
All 23 seasons of the Comedy Central cartoon South Park are available on HBO Max -- except for five episodes that depict the religious character Muhammad.
The missing episodes were not part of the 23-season package provided by Viacom to
streamers last year, and Viacom had made the decision to exclude them in agreement with series producer South Park Studios before the show was licensed to HBO Max.
The episodes not available on HBO Max include:
season 5: Super Best Friends
season 10 Cartoon Wars Part I and Cartoon Wars Part 2, although those episodes can still be streamed on the South Park website.
season 14: 200 and 201 . Those shows had previously been removed from a
streaming deal with Hulu and also were axed on the official South Park website.