‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Angers Hindu Group With Vishnu Reference

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Angers Hindu Group With Vishnu Reference

The Universal Society of Hinduism wants an apology after “S.H.I.E.L.D.” character suggests Hindu god is an alien

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” might need all its power to deal with its latest foe: The Universal Society of Hinduism.

Universal Society of Hinduism president Rajan Zed is calling for an apology, after last week's episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” insinuated that the Hindu god Vishnu could be an alien.

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Zed also called upon the network and the makers of the show to post information about Vishnu and Hinduism on their websites, presumably to make up for the misinformation created by the reference on the TV show.

“Rajan Zed stated that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more,” a statement from the Society said. “But faith was something sacred and attempts at debasing it hurt the adherents. Television and Hollywood should be more conscious while handling faith related subjects, as television and cinema were very mighty mediums and these could create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences.”

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“Hinduism had about one billion adherents and offered a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled,” Zed said.

The reference was made by the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” character Skye, who's portrayed by Chloe Bennet.

As a character, Vishnu has appeared in the comic book “The Mighty Thor.”

A spokesperson for ABC was unavailable for comment.

  • Dr. Mark W. Helfand

    Being jewish myself, I'm all for religious freedom and not maligning any religion. However this show, that I happen to watch, is science FICTION. The entire show is based on fantasy not truths. To get offended about something said concerning any religion shows a lack of humor. If the show was a documentary, it would be a different story. We would all be better of we learned to laugh more.
    Dr. Mark W. Helfand

  • http://quickmatchmaking.com/ Ashok Prajapati

    Everyone should respect the religion whether he have knowledge about it or not.

    • Alex Bowen

      Why? Because you say so? What do I owe religion of any kind that it deserves my respect? I respect people who earn it not invisble beings of the imagination.

  • Vos_L

    These people have too much time on their hands.

  • TheRedQueen

    This is bullshit. Chill the fuck out.

  • Aaron Kent

    Maybe the Hindu are a little too sensitive! It's television not a documentary… Get a life people!

  • Sil

    I agree, it's just science fiction, nobody should be offended by it… but I think also that so many more people would have complained if it would have been Jesus to be depicted as an alien… (and maybe he was one! :) ) Isn't that a little bit hypocrital?

  • Srivathsa

    Isn't ABC's opinion that Vishnu is an alien as valid as the opinion that he is a god. Why are religious people hell bent on feeling hurt at every drop of a hat. If he is so pained by it, he is free to keep his TV off. As Dawkins said correctly, religion seems to demand an extra thick wall of respect and some of us are not going to give it that,

  • Cliffhanger77

    Science fiction and fantasy (and…fiction) have ALWAYS had the freedom to examine and question religion and religious figures — this is nothing new, and it's nothing to get upset about. Unless Hindus are going to become like militant Islamists and start threatening and making demands of every cartoonist and show that “dares” question, parody or creatively re-imagine their deities? Sorry, but this is part of free speech, free religion and free imaginations. We are all free to believe fervently in religions and god(s) — or to think they are myths, and to say so. And everyone else is free to either listen and agree with us or not listen and/or disagree.

    Btw – Vishnu has been a Marvel character for quite some time now.