When Richard Gere kissed Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty repeatedly on the face during an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi, there’s no way he could’ve known that his actions would be considered offensive by the Indian people. And not just a little offensive, like, Runaway Bride times a thousand offensive. Just check out this news story:
A public display of affection got Richard Gere in trouble with Indian moviegoers. Irate fans burned the Hollywood actor in effigy April 16, after he repeatedly kissed movie actress Shilpa Shetty during an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi.
The 58-year-old Gere was in India to participate in a safe sex campaign directed at truck drivers. Of all nations, India has the largest number of people living with HIV. During the ceremony, Gere repeatedly kissed Shetty’s hand and cheeks.
Protesters say the actions, shown repeatedly on Indian television, violate standards of propriety.
You can watch a video of the offensive act (read: kiss) right here. In the coming days as people protest and demand Gere’s arrest, just be thankful that the actor didn’t comment on her hairstyle or potential promiscuity. Because Lord knows what would’ve happened then.