Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Bollywood's Casting Couch
The Washington Post reports on an Indian TV sting operation, which caught Bollywood actors, Hindu "holy men" and government officials trading sex for favors. India TV aired a series of videotaped sting operations in which famous actors and supposed ascetics alike traded advancement and spiritual guidance (respectively, of course) for sex. But rather than being saluted as exposing the underbelly of the world's largest film industry and the largest religion in India, the operation is being denounced as trash journalism. Even by other journalists.