After experiencing major backlash for sporting a bindi during her MTV Movie Award performance in April, Selena Gomez opted to leave the Hindu forehead piece out of her new music video, "Come & Get It," which premiered online on May 7.
Gomez's original choice to wear a bindi, which she defended on Z100 and Letterman, was deemed "insensitive" by Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, who said, "It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed," in a statement to W.E.N.N. "Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions," he added.
Despite Zed's initial criticism, the Universal Society of Hinduism released a statement after the video's release, expressing their gratitude for Gomez's choice to not wear a bindi in her newest video, according to E! News, and rather suggesting that Gomez "seriously explore Hinduism," offering his, or other Hindu scholars' assistance.
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