US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has raised her voice in favour of Hindus in the USA after CNN’s show “Believer” stereotyped the Hindu community in the most grotesque and sensational way.
In a series of statements on twitter, Tulsi Gabbard, one of the most recognized Hindu voices, chose to speak her heart on the issue and said:
While good people across our country are working hard to increase mutual understanding and respect between people of different religions, I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism. CNN on Sunday aired the first episode of a new series called “Believer” hosted by Reza Aslan. For this episode, Aslan apparently sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism. Aslan and CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals—as if touring a zoo—but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly. CNN promotional materials and trailers that included a scene showing a group of Hindus under a caption “CANNIBALS,” perpetuated bizarre and ugly impressions of Hindus and their religion.
10/ for people of different religions. It is my sincere hope that CNN and Aslan will engage with the Hindu community moving forward
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) March 7, 2017
Tulsi Gabbard further added that:
CNN knows well that sensational, even false reporting about religions only fosters ignorance that can lead to terrible consequences. Indeed, Hindus are still reeling after witnessing terrible hate crimes in the last few weeks. Our nation celebrates religious pluralism and diversity. CNN must do more to foster greater respect for people of different religions. It is my sincere hope that CNN and Aslan will engage with the Hindu community moving forward / to resolve the pain and outrage that the “Believer” episode on Hinduism has engendered in the community.