Hindus have expressed their displeasure with Stephen Colbert for depicting them as a tribe of stocky primitive furred creatures jumping in the woods. The television host was speaking how diversity was discussed at the recent Democratic National Convention on ‘The Colbert Report,’ saying “while depicting Hindus, he showed what appeared to be a group of stocky primitive furred creatures jumping in the forest.”
Hindu president Rajan Zed released a statement in Nevada yesterday about Colbert’s comments. He said that showing Hindus as the furred creatures was highly insulting and unacceptable to the one million people in the Hindi community worldwide. He added that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophy.
Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, asked Colbert to issue a public apology on his show. He also requested an official apology from Philippe Dauman, the president of ‘The Colbert Report’s parent company, Viacom.
Instead of applauding Hindus for their traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education and sanity of marriage, Zed said Colbert chose to humiliate the community instead, just to draw in more viewers. Zed stressed that Colbert should have ascertained the facts before ridiculing the community fort he wrong reasons.
Written by: Karen Benardello