Friday, April 27, 2007

Richard Gere Apologizes for His Kissing to Shilpa Shetty on Public

Hollywood actor Richard Gere has recently apologized to the people of India for his on stage kissing to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The incident occurred in an event arranged for increasing awareness against HIV/AIDS. Soon after the public kissing, the whole India protested against it as the incident does not go with Indian culture.

The issue even has already taken in to the court and recently the court of Jaipur issued summons of arrest warrant for both Richard Gere and Shilpa Sheety for breaking obscenity law in India. Having seen such a storm over the incident, Richard Gere has recently apologized for the incident. ABC News reported:

"What is most important to me is that my intentions as an HIV/AIDS advocate be made clear, and that my friends in India understand that it has never been, nor could it ever be, my intention to offend you," Gere said in statement issued by the Heroes Project, an organization the 57-year-old actor co-founded to combat AIDS in India.

"If that has happened, of course it is easy for me to offer a sincere apology," he said.

The embrace, in front of about 4,000 truckers, was a failed parody of a move from Gere's film "Shall We Dance," and "a naive misread of Indian customs," he said.

In Indian culture, open kissing is not allowed and they do not even like to disclose their private affair in public. Richard Gere might not have known about the Indian culture. However, one should have an overall idea regarding the culture of a county before doing anything sensitive in the county.