‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Hindu Leader Wants Krishna’s Name Removed After Offensive Connections With Deity
This is one of the cases where the intention is not to hurt anyone, but somehow someone’s sentiments do end up getting hurt. “X-Men: Apocalypse” is the latest movie to have done the same as a spiritual Hindu leader has taken offense to Apocalypse calling himself Krishna.
According to Mashable, in the trailer of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” when Apocalypse referred to himself as Krishna amongst other names, little did he know that he would be offending Rajan Zed, President of the Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism.
In an issued statement, he mentioned that a villain using Krishna’s name in the movie is highly disturbing for the devotees and is in a way trivialization of Krishna’s name. If we were to highlight some facts, Lord Krishna is highly revered in Hinduism with his followers spread all across the globe. His name being used by a movie’s villain might be the reason why Mr. Zed is so offended.
The President also added that Krishna is worshiped in temples and shrines instead of featuring in Hollywood movies. Apocalypse in the movie has also used Ra and Yahweh’s name, however, no offense has been carried for the same.
Since Krishna’s following pans from the Far East to the West, this issue was bound to attract some attention either before the movie or after its release. Indian Express added that Mr. Zed has asked Bryan Singer, director of “X-Men: Apocalypse” to delete Krishna’s name both from the trailer and the movie along with offering to provide training in religious and cultural sensitivity to directors in Hollywood. It remains to be seen if Bryan Singer will oblige for the same or give a detailed explanation for the same.
Since Krishna’s name has been used in a fictional movie that really has got nothing to do with the deity, there really is no point in removing his name from the movie. The only thing fans will be looking forward to watching will be the deadly showdown between the “X-Men” and God-like mutant Apocalypse.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will be releasing on May 27th next year.
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