Katy Perry has invited the wrath of Indians. Much like Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel did recently. Albeit, for a different reason.
The American singer-songwriter is being pilloried for posting a picture of an Indian goddess on Instagram, with the caption 'current mood.'
The post has got over 250,000 likes and 11,000 comments, most of them unsavory sermons from Indians, who reckon that the significance of goddess Kali (regarded as a divine protector by Hindus) is lost on her.
One user wrote: "Please Katy !! Don’t use such type of Indian God’s and goddess’ pics to represent our mood..Do you know what this pic means and what’s the story behind it."
Another said: “We don’t care about your mood…..you should delete this post otherwise Indians soon change their mood.”
And a third one said: “How ridiculous this? You don’t have permission to upload a picture of our goddess on this f**king social media and embarrassing our culture.”
One more exclaimed: "Are you serious? You're using pics of our Goddesses as memes?
Fragile sentiments continue to get offended and hate comments still pour in.
Interestingly, Perry's keenness for Indian culture is not new. Back in 2010, her wedding with now ex-husband Russel Brand was a distinctly Hindu affair replete with scripture-readings by a Hindu pandit (priest). It took place in the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
Most recently, CBN reported that Perry had denounced her religion of birth Christianity. "I'm not Buddhist, I'm not Hindu, I'm not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God," she was quoted as saying.
But is she leaning towards Hinduism then, if her Instagram post is anything to go by?
Guess we'll have to wait and watch!