Selena Gomez Is Sorry She's Not Sorry About That Bindi

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Selena Gomez sat down with Elvis Duran to discuss her Bollywood-inspired "Come and Get It" performance at the MTV Movie Awards, which was criticized by the Universal Society of Hinduism. (“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance,” the organization's president Rajan Zed told WENN last week, explaining that the “auspicious religious symbol,” traditionally worn by married women at the site of the sixth chakra, should not be “thrown around loosely.")

The pop star, who calls the look "glam tribal," (oof) is not backing down from her bindi-as-accessory stance. “The song kind of has that almost Hindu feel. I kind of wanted to translate that,” Gomez said. “Plus, I’ve been learning a lot about my seven chakras and bindis and stuff...I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s fun to incorporate that into the performance."

Of course, she's not the first non-Hindu celebrity to wear a bindi onstage — Gwen Stefani was, like, the original white girl with a bindi, and Miley Cyrus went through a prolonged bindi phase — but just because everyone does it doesn't mean it's not misappropriation.

"If you’re fully aware of it, you should have the freedom to enjoy it,” Gomez told Duran. So, in other words, she's #sorrynotsorry.

And, to prove it, Gomez exercized her bindi-wearing freedom again this week on Letterman.

(PacificCoastNews.com)

See Selena Gomez's full interview with Elvis Duran, below.
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