Friday, April 27, 2007

Thanks, agent, for this great gig

This man is Richard Gere, and in the picture above is engaged in an obscene act. At least that's what a judge in India thinks.

The judge watched a video recording of Gere kissing Shetty and found him guilty of violating Indian laws against public obscenity...Gere can be sent to jail for up to three months or fined or both for the crime if he is arrested. He is not in India now but can be held if he visits the country again.

The woman in the photo is Shilpa Shetty who is the winner of the prestigious version of Britain's Big Brother. Ends up they were attending an AIDS awareness hoopla-dealy, and Gere found himself unable to communicate with the audience since he didn't speak Hindi. The best way to do so, apparently, was to reenact a scene from his movie, "Shall We Dance." Whether the judge watched footage of the kiss or the movie is unknown, though I have to believe it is the former as he probably would have sentenced more harshly if he had seen the film in its entirety.

The important thing here is that Indian citizens are taking this all in stride.

Groups of men had burned and kicked straw effigies of Gere and Shetty in sporadic protests across the country after newspapers published the picture of the kiss on their front pages and TV channels aired visuals of the event.

Hey, I'm no big Richard Gere fan, but straw effigies? That's an awful lot of effort on a day off.

1 comment:

CHCgirl said...

I thought that as well. I wonder what a straw effigy of Richard Gere would look like. I've heard alot about them, but honestly, I think that would be the newsworthy picture.