Kissing a Crime?

In India, it might be:

An Indian court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Thursday for kissing at a public function, according to media reports.

For those who haven’t been following, Richard Gere kissed Indian actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness function. In India, public displays of affection tend to be taboo, especially in rural areas which tend to be highly traditional and conservative. In such areas, kissing in public may violate obscenity laws. Thus Gere and Shetty’s kiss is quite the no-no.

It certainly seems to me that we’re seeing some bad behavior all around. Gere should have known better, especially since he’s a “frequent” visitor to India (in the video, Shetty does not appear a willing participant). But it also sounds as though a small town judge might also be trying to get some publicity about the deal. And some traditionalist political leaders are getting to rile up their followers. In the end, though, not much will really come of this.

In case you haven’t seen her, below are some pictures of Ms. Shetty. Gere might spend some time in jail for kissing her. Does anything think maybe it would be worth it?

UPDATE: Alex Knapp likens this situation to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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