Outrage Over Meena Harris’ Tweet of Kamala Harris as Goddess Durga
In a now-deleted tweet, niece of Sen. Kamala Harris, Meena Harris tweeted a photo of the former as Goddess Durga.
In a now-deleted tweet, niece of Democratic VP Candidate Kamala Harris, Meena Harris recently tweeted a photo of the former as Goddess Durga.
In the image, Kamala Harris sat atop a lion, with her ten arms each wielding a symbol of Goddess Durga's power. The lion she rode atop has Joe Biden's enraged face. The image depicted Harris vanquishing an incensed-looking Donald Trump.
Deeming the morphed photo 'offensive', Hindu groups in the US have sought an apology from Meena Harris.
"Your tweeting a caricature of the feminine divine, Maa Durga, with faces superimposed, deeply aggrieved many Hindus globally," Suhag A Shukla, Executive Director of the Hindu American-Foundation said in a tweet, further tweeting guidelines for Harris to keep in mind.
"We became aware that Meena Harris was sharing an image that had already been making the rounds on WhatsApp; she herself did not create the image. We also learned that the Biden-Harris campaign had nothing to do with the image. In fact both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris issued entirely appropriate greetings on Twitter for Navaratri," Hindu American Foundation told The Quint.
But Hindu netizens on Twitter were still unsatisfied with the younger Harris' tweet, demanding an apology.
"I personally believe that an apology should come from Meena Harris even though she did delete the tweet, and no one else. Our religious iconography should not be used in the service of politics in America -- I said the same when the Fort Bend County GOP did it in an ad in 2018, and it holds the same here," Rishi Bhutada of the Hindu American Political Action Committee said.
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