February 3, 2016 Magha Krushna Paksha Dashami, Kaliyug Varsh 5117
We at Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) have received several complaints from devout Hindus regarding the objectionable and insulting use of a dialogue referring to the revered Hindu Deity Shrikrushna in the upcoming Hollywood movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.
Upon reviewing the trailer and complaints, FHA team immediately appealed to Fox movies and requested them to remove all the controversial and degrading dialogues related to Shrikrushna from the movie and the trailer from YouTube. In the appeal, FHA explained that the movie’s villainous mutant character is equated with the revered Hindu Deity Shrikrushna which is dreadful and upsetting to millions of Hindu devotees. Shrikrushna is not a mutant; but an Incarnation of God.
The FHA team has not received any response from Fox movie team. Consequently, FHA now requests all readers to appeal against this appalling denigration peacefully and lawfully by either writing an email or calling the numbers below requesting to remove all the controversial dialogues related to Shrikrushna from the movie and the trailer from YouTube.
Tel: +1 310-369-1000
Please see below the appeal letter written by Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA):
|| Shree ||
We at Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) have received several complaints from devout Hindus regarding objectionable and insulting use of the concept of Hinduism in the dialogue referring to the revered Hindu Deity Shrikrushna in the upcoming Hollywood movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.
The trailer of X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released on December 2015, gives a glimpse of the blue-colored evil villain played by Oscar Isaac, tauntingly claiming that, “I have been called many things over many lifetimes — Ra, Krishna, Yahweh.”
The mutant’s dialogue indicates that it existed in the form of Krishna (which refers to Hindu Deity Shrikrushna) in one of his past life. This is denigration and an incorrect representation of the Hindu concept of Incarnations. The movie is indirectly comparing the mutant with Hindu Deity Shrikrushna which is appalling and disturbing to millions of Hindu devotees. Shrikrushna was not mutant; but an Incarnation of God. He is highly revered by Hindus as a Deity and is worshipped every day.
While the above movie dialogue abides by the Christian concept of ‘not calling God’s name in vain’, and calls ‘Yahweh’ instead of Jesus; but it has loosely used ‘Krishna’, with no consideration and respect towards the Hindu Deity and the followers of Hinduism.
Sadly, in the movie, you have associated Shrikrushna with evil and as a destructive character making a mockery of Shrikrushna and upsetting the sentiments of millions of Hindu devotees. It also sets a wrong example for others and society will be deprived from knowing the importance and significance of Shrikrushna or other Hindu deities. It is also pitiful that the producers of this movie are using a Hindu Deity to gain cheap publicity and promote sales.
By making this film, all those involved, including the director Bryan Singer have shown lack of sensitivity towards Hinduism and its followers.
Hence, we ask you to completely remove all the controversial dialogues related to Shrikrushna from the movie including the trailer from YouTube to prevent further denigration of Shrikrushna. We stress that our aim in bringing up these points is to educate and ensure that Hinduism gets accurately represented to society. Hinduism has been misrepresented at many levels. Though it is an ancient tradition, Hinduism has a lot to offer the modern world and we want children and adults alike to be able to understand and study it without it being misrepresented. You can take one step towards ensuring that Hinduism does not get trivialized, by removing these episodes from your website.
Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) is a nonprofit organization that strives to awaken society to the unique spiritual science behind Hindu Dharma concepts and practices, to motivate people to live and preserve them, and to facilitate the spiritual progress of humanity. One of the ways we do this is by addressing misrepresentations of Hinduism and campaigning against malpractices done in the name of Hindu Dharma. For further details please refer to our website http://forumforhinduawakening.org/
Awaiting your prompt action and reply.
Forum for Hindu Awakening