Natalie Portman’s String of Bad Days

Natalie Portman is surrounded in muck and she don’t got a shovel! The actress has really been having a hard time of it lately, first with a breakup from her boyfriend and then the political debachle she’s found for herself in India. Portman broke up with her boyfriend, Devendra Banhart, a week ago for reasons that are either unknown or just really don’t matter enough to put in print. It is too bad, though. It sounds as though they had a storybook romance, from the way they met and all the way through. They also make a cute couple although, I’m not big into guys with that much facial hair myself. But this may just be a love that’s so perfect, they’ll find their way back to each other. From Daily Blabber,

“The couple met on the set of a video shoot last March, for the singer’s song “Carmensita,” in which Nat was starring.

You see, Natalie had been a fan of Devendra and had asked him to donate a track to the charity compilation she put together for iTunes, Big Change: Songs for FINCA. In return, she offered to be in his video. That’s when love hit.

“They got together right after the video shoot,” a source told People.com.

After that, the couple was seen all of over NYC together and even traveled to Cannes and to Israel together. But it’s all over now and Nat is single once again.”

Then, because heartbreak isn’t enough, the people of India have become upset over Natalie’s role as an Indian princess in that exact same video and they are demanding a public apology from her. From Contact Music,

“Religious scholars have called the actress’ role of Princess Carmensita Saplingita in the promo “denigrating” to Hinduism, claiming it “mocks Hindu concepts and symbols”.
Acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed admits he is deeply hurt by the video, which he claims simply serves to feed incorrect stereotypes of his religion.
He says, “The images used in the video are revered in Hinduism and are not to be thrown around loosely for dramatic effects.
“We invite Hollywood to immerse itself in Hinduism, but we ask that actors and actresses, directors and producers take our religion seriously and respectfully.
“Hindus would gladly provide genuine Hollywood seekers the resources they needed for their study and research. Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.”
And he is not alone in calling for a public apology from Portman – officials at the Hindu Alliance of India, Shri Ramayan Pracharini Sabha, India Heritage Panel, have also demanded she distance herself from the Banhart video.
Zed adds, “Forgiveness is one of the main virtues of Hindu ethics. If Natalie Portman offers a sincere public apology, Hindus would not only absolve her but might also pray for her success in future ventures.”

What nice people that they ‘might’ pray for her future. PUH-LEAZE! When it comes to religion, people become very angry and it’s no different in this case. Really, I don’t understand how these people can claim that they welcome Hollywood to surround themselves in the culture but then say that they can’t use it for these purposes. Um…in Hollywood – videos, television, music, movies – these are what people immerse themselves in. This is what people are surrounded with. Every minute of every day. It’s their jobs and they are dedicated to them. So, when they want to inject some personality and culture into something they’re passionate about, it’s going to be something SUCH AS a video. And I’m pretty sure Natalie Portman doesn’t need anybody praying for her but the people that already do (meaning her family, not freaky fans.) She seems to be doing alright, ya know with the good job, good life, many riches. She may be a bit broken-hearted at the moment but that too shall pass and she will move on to being more fabulous than ever!

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