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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lies or Stupidity?

In a country like India, where actors are literally treated like God, using that power to create more political awareness can be amazing.

Except when its used to help a friend out. Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most popular actors in Bollywood, claimed that the state of Uttar Pradesh had a low crime rate in advertisements during an election season, for help a friend who happens to be a politician.

Apparently-- Bachchan was wrong about Uttar Pradesh. In actuality, the state has a very high crime rate. Now, I don't think Bachchan knew he was lying, and just said what he was told to say. But then again-- it's a known fact that Uttar Pradesh has a high crime rate, and Bachchan should know this, as he is from the state.

Either way, Bachchan is definitely at fault, especially because of the influence he has among the Indian people. He should be held accountable, but again-- because actors are treated like God, that is unlikely.