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Protestors in India Burn Gere Effigies

NEW DELHI - Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere on Monday after he swept a popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event.

Photographs of the 57-year-old actor embracing Shilpa Shetty and kissing her on the cheek at an HIV/AIDS awareness event in New Delhi were splashed across Monday's front pages in India _ a country where sex and public displays of affection are largely taboo.

In Mumbai, members of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Shiv Sena beat burning effigies of Gere with sticks and set fire to glamorous shots of Shetty.

Similar protests broke out in other cities, including Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest city, and in the northern town of Meerut, where crowds chanted "Down with Shilpa Shetty!"

The two appeared at a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday to highlight the HIV/AIDS epidemic among India's truck drivers. In front of a cheering crowd, Gere kissed the giggling Shetty on the hand, then kissed her on both cheeks before bending her in a full embrace to kiss her cheek again.

"This is a bit too much," Shetty said after the embrace.

On Monday, Shetty tried to stamp out the controversy.

"I understand this is his culture, not ours. But this was not such a big thing or so obscene for people to overreact in such manner," she told the Press Trust of India news agency.

"I understand people's sentiments, but I don't want a foreigner to take bad memories from here," PTI quoted her as saying.

The spokesman for Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party condemned the kiss.

"Such a public display is not part of Indian tradition," said Prakash Javadekar, according to PTI.

Shetty, already well-known in India, became an international star after her appearance on the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" _ another controversial public appearance. A fellow contestant, Jade Goody, sparked international headlines by making allegedly racist comments to Shetty. Mobs took to the streets of India to denounce Goody, and Shetty went on to win the competition.

Gere's screen credits include "Chicago," "Pretty Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman."

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Sorry to say this but shilpa shetty is not that popular in India. She is not an A star actress although obviously her profile has raised because of Big brother.....Also all the parties are conservative so Congress party would also condemn such behavior.
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Those guys are such bitchy drama queens.
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They should spend more time looking after themselves,their families & improving their country instead of all these stupid protests.
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At least they didn't burn any gerbils.
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Sorry to say this but shilpa shetty is not that popular in India. She is not an A star actress although obviously her profile has raised because of Big brother.....Also all the parties are conservative so Congress party would also condemn such behavior.
That's a shame because she's certainly beautiful and has a nice personality (for a celebrity).
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Those guys are such bitchy drama queens.
They overreacted, but all the same, if public kissing isn't a part of their culture, then so be it.

Richard Gere should've been a little more sensitive to the culture of a nation he's visiting, instead of assuming everyone out there shares the white man's values.
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I'd like to see what the effigies looked like

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Shetty defends Richard Gere kiss
Actress Shilpa Shetty has defended Richard Gere after the Hollywood actor sparked protests by kissing her at an Aids awareness rally in New Delhi.

Public displays of affection are still largely taboo in India, and protestors in Mumbai (Bombay) set fire to effigies of Gere following the incident.

"What he did was very sweet. It was all in good humour," said Shetty.

"He especially told me to tell the media that he didn't want to hurt any Indian sensibilities."

Gere has now left India for Tibet, where he is an advocate for improving human rights.

'Taken aback'

Footage of the kiss was shown repeatedly on Indian TV, while Indian newspapers carried the picture on their front pages.

Shetty said the actor had "only tried to entertain the people".

"Shall We Dance was one of Richard's films and he struck this pose in the movie," the actress and Celebrity Big Brother contestant explained.

"I was unaware he was going to do it, so I was taken aback."

Shetty said Gere had apologised "profusely" to her, and added there was no need for the "adverse reaction" the embrace had provoked in some Indian cities.

"I am happy that this has happened because at least now people will talk about the issue of Aids and HIV," she said.

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P.S. Shilpa may not be as popular as Aish, Kajol , Preity or Madhuri, but is she is very well known. She had a very promising career until she hooked up with Akshay Kumar
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Oh god get over it Theres worse things in the world

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They overreacted, but all the same, if public kissing isn't a part of their culture, then so be it.

Richard Gere should've been a little more sensitive to the culture of a nation he's visiting, instead of assuming everyone out there shares the white man's values.
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saw it in the news. it was so weird seeing an old guy getting fresh with a young woman.
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and BB tricked us into thinking Shilpa was a "huge superstar" in India

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who cares..some organizations always make a issue of something like this in India just to be in limelight
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Gere acted like a bit of a jerk, but the reaction is obviously ridiculous.

I for one, still have a soft spot for Shetty.

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Indians are always burning something, this is nothing new.

I was tempted to burn a Richard Gere picture myself though that was more out of jealousy.
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