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Los Angeles, December 5, 2016: In Los Angeles’ “Plastic Religion” exhibition, Hindus are urging not to display the iconic Ken doll as Lord Krishna as it is inappropriate.

According to MeriNews,”Plastic Religion exhibition, which includes this Ken doll as Lord Krishna, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles by Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, whose opening reception was scheduled on December two, will be on display till December 31.”


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On Sunday, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement that the gallery should withdraw the ‘Barbie-ized’ Lord Krishna from the exhibition.

President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed said, “Reimagining Hindu scriptures and deities for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the feelings of devotees. Lord Krishna and other Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not meant to be reduced to a Barbie character.”

As Ken is trademarked by Mattel, Inc.; Rajan Zed also urged the intervention in this issue of Christopher A. Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, which was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies”.

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Zed further said that Hindus too have free speech like others if not more. Moreover, faith is something sacred and belittling it hurt the sentiments of the devotees. Artists should be handling such sensitive issues carefully especially the faith related subjects.

Rajan Zed further said, “Hindus welcomed art world to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal agendas. Barbie-fication of Lord Krishna was simply improper and out of place.”

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Zed noted , “Hinduism is the oldest and the third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. No faith, larger or smaller, should be mishandled.”

The eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu is Lord Krishna and is the subject of major Hindu scriptures like the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana. There are over three million Hindus in USA and the ultimate goal of Hinduism is moksh (liberation).

La Luz de Jesus Gallery which was established in 1986 is said to be “One of the most important, ground-breaking galleries in LA”.

According to MeriNews, “Ken (Kenneth Carson), a Mattel toy doll launched in 1961 is said to be the fictional boyfriend of toy doll Barbie. Headquartered in El Segundo, Mattel claims to be “worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products”.

– by NewsGram team


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