Selena Gomez has been getting heat for insensitive cultural appropriation since she started wearing bindis as a sexy Coachella fashion statement, but she stayed so quiet about the issue that we actually thought there was a chance her handlers had effectively sheltered her from it, and she really just had no idea that people thought she was being insensitive. But that was naive. Gomez’s latest selfie appears to be a direct response to the criticism, and her response is basically, “Sorry, not sorry.”
“Sari, not sari,” to be precise. Gomez tweeted the pun with an emoji of hands praying alongside an image of herself in full “costume.” She has a gold-trimmed sari, bindi, and everything.
At this point it seems inconceivable that she’s not aware of the effects her Instagram bindi-wearing has on others. She really seems to want to let everyone who was offended by her bindi-wearing that she does not care if they were offended, she’s jut going to keep doing it anyway.
Among those who were critical of Gomez’s accessories was Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who said:
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol … It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”
Well, Gomez has certainly found an effective way of letting the world know that she does not care what it thinks. Gomez knows what she’s doing, and if you criticize her about it she is just going to double down and do it harder.