Here’s the deal, the conscience keepers of India. No matter how hard you try to beat the loonies in the obsessively offended category, you will lose.
To be fair, you played a good game. Here was Richard Gere, washed out has-been from Hollywood, who gets carried away by lust at an AIDS rally and kisses Shilpa Shetty with as much romantic grace as a bear pawing at a bee-hive. Quick on the draw and eager to show the world that we can beat the other loony countries with our desi looniness, a Jaipur court issues an arrest warrant taking into account what the judge perceived was the “highly sexually erotic” nature of the kiss.
The magistrate, who viewed the video footage of the programme, observed that the attitude of the two film personalities was â€œhighly sexually eroticâ€ which had â€œtransgressed all limits of vulgarity and have the tendency to corrupt the societyâ€. He said Shettyâ€™s attitude was â€œcooperativeâ€ and she never restrained herself, but kept inviting Gere for the kissing episode which stretched on for a good while.
Needless to say, so erotic was the scene that the upright conscience-keepers came to a very quick decision.
Well society uncorrupters. You did good.
But you didn’t expect the mega-loons, the Fatwatists to take this attempt to usurp their crazy crown lying down, did you?
How’s this picture for highly sexually erotic?
From the Drudge Report:
“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been accused of indecency after he publicly embraced and kissed on the hand an elderly woman who used to be his schoolteacher.
At a ceremony on Tuesday ahead of Iranian teachers’ day, Mr Ahmadinejad was photographed and filmed by state media stooping to kiss the woman’s hand and then clasping her arms in an embrace.
The ultra-conservative Hezbollah newspaper, which is not related to the group in Lebanon of the same name, criticised him on the front page.
“The Muslim Iranian people have no recollection of such acts contrary to sharia law during Islamic rule [since the 1979 revolution],” it said.
“This type of indecency progressively has grave consequences, like violating religious and sacred values.”
The elderly woman, who was not named, wore thick gloves along with a headscarf and long black coat, meaning that Mr Ahmadinejad avoided any skin contact.
But his action raised eyebrows because according to sharia law, it is forbidden for a man to have any physical contact with a woman to whom he is not related.”
Note the similarity between the pretenders: â€œtransgressed all limits of vulgarity and have the tendency to corrupt the societyâ€ and the players: ” This type of indecency progressively has grave consequences, like violating religious and sacred values.”
And with that one fell swoop, Iran has asserted its dominance in the “we are the biggest crazies” game leaving the conscience-keepers of India to lick their paws and wait for the next highly erotic act to offend their sensibilities.