‘Barbie-fication of Kali is wrong’: Outrage at artist’s Barbie doll of Hindu God

ad_147176824Artists have caused mass controversy after creating a Barbie in the image of the Hindu Goddess Kali.

The two Argentinian artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini have already hit headlines after previewing pieces from their upcoming exhibition The Plastic Religion, which features Barbie and Ken dolls altered to resemble religious figures such as Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

One of the figures that has resulted in mass condemnation by Hindus is of the four armed deity Kali holding a severed head.

Rajan Zed, a Hindu cleric based in the USA has said the ‘Barbie-fication of Kali is simply improper, wrong and out of place’, reports The Hindu.

He added: ‘Hindus welcome the art world to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal agendas.’

Although the artists clearly intended to provoke outrage at their pieces, they commented that they drew the line at creating a Ken version of the Muslim prophet Muhammed.

A spokesperson for the pair claimed they ‘decided against creating a Ken doll as Islam’s Prophet Muhammad out of their great respect for Islam but stressed they did not intend to offend any religion’.

Mr Zed commented that Hindus strongly believe in free speech, but claimed that ‘faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees’.

Source: metro.co.uk