It's no secret that there are people in India who don't take kindly to things they don't agree with. In February, I outlined the trials that Deepa Mehta went through to complete Water, her film about Indian widows. The director's revelations about what a widow goes through after the death of her husband resulted in death and rape threats, riots and burning effigies that almost kept the film from being made. It's an over-the-top response, but at least I can see why they'd be ticked off. Well, now it is happening again, but this time for much less racy reasons.

While promoting AIDS awareness in India with Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Richard Gere dipped her and laid kisses her on the cheek. Seeing the act as an attack against her modesty as well as Indian culture, men started burning and kicking effigies of the actors in protest all over India -- New Delhi, Kanpur, Meerut, Varanasi and Indore. Hell, some even called for the actors' deaths. Maybe they were incensed because the pair didn't use dental dams while trying to encourage truckers in New Delhi to wear condoms during sex? Or have they heard the *cough* Gere animal rumors?

Shetty considers the protests to be an "over-reaction" and stated: "I admit it went a little overboard, but that was not the intention. He did not do anything obscene." Come on, India! The man is lonely -- George Clooney took over his spot as the grey-haired sexy man. He was standing next to an extremely beautiful woman, and he couldn't help himself!
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