That’s how Hindus say they felt when Conan O’Brien used the image of the goddess Kali in a skit about having sex using a time bone machine.
According to Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, the joke aired on the talk show Conan on October 28 and went like this: “Are you sick of hooking up with people from your own century? Time Bone gives you access to every hottie who ever lived.” Among the images flashed on the screen, the goddess Kali.
“Hindus are disturbed over “inappropriate” portrayal of Hindu goddess Kali in a sexual joke on TBS late night Emmy winning television talk show “Conan” and want apologies from all those responsible for it, including host Conan O’Brien, TBS, Turner Broadcasting System and its parent company Time Warner Inc,” Zed said in a statement.
“Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.”
Zed is asking that the sketch be removed from any future airings and on the internet. He is also asking for a public apology.
“Hindus welcomed Hollywood and other entertainment industries to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not just for indecorous showing of Hindu symbols and concepts to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees,” Zed wrote.
There has been no reaction from O’Brien, TBS or anyone associated with the program.