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Enraged Bollywood Fans call for death of Richard Gere

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

(SNN New Delhi) Richard Gere’s repeated kisses of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty sparked protests in India.

Wishing to calm tensions, local television stations played Gere’s embraces repeatedly. Groups burned and kicked effigies of Gere in protest across India. This goes to show how different culture is in India vs. the United States, where George Clooney is more likely to be burned in effigy.

The embraces prompted some people to call for the actors’ deaths, claiming that Gere’s actions were an outrage against Shetty’s modesty. Shetty was the winner of the "Celebrity Big Brother" reality TV show in Britain this year.

Ironically, Gere had protected Shetty’s modesty earlier backstage when he abided by her request “not in the butt.”

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