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Kim Kardashian is being slammed as disrespectful by members of the Hindu religion for flaunting earrings featuring the sacred “om” symbol — in a steamy photoshoot.
The reality TV queen posted images of herself lounging on a bed while sporting the oversized silver hoops, heavy makeup and a sheer red outfit on Twitter last week — sparking criticism that she’d reduced the spiritual symbol to a fashion accessory.
“MY RELIGION IS NOT YOUR AESTHETIC WTF,” one observer bashed in the comment section of the May 23 Tweet.
Another fumed, “STOP CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OF INDIAN CULTURE!!!”
In the Hindu religion, the om symbol represents “ultimate reality” and is worn to express devotion to the religion. The word itself is often chanted before Hindu, Buddhist and Jain ceremonies.
Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said it was “deeply trivializing” to for the star — who identifies as Christian — to commercialize it.
“Inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu icons or deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees,” Zed said in a statement on his website. “[It] was not meant to be used as a fashion statement or to become a tool for sexy fashion.”
Other Twitter users demanded an apology, saying, “What right do you have to talk about my religion like this ???”
Another added, “Is now a good time to mention that the Om is a sacred symbol to Hindus and not just an accessory?”
Kardashian was “baptized” in a traditional Orthodox Christian ceremony in 2019, according to the UK Sun.
A rep for the star didn’t immediately return a request for comment Thursday.
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