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    Hindu Leaders Are Protesting "X-Men: Apocalypse" For Comparing Its Villain To Lord Krishna

    The filmmakers have been urged to delete all references to the religion from the trailer and the final movie.

    On December 11, 20th Century Fox released the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, featuring a line of dialogue that compared its villain, Apocalypse, to Hindu god Krishna.

    20th Century Fox

    The scene shows Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, saying, "I have been called many things over many lifetimes — Ra, Krishna, Yahweh." The villain is also shown to have blue skin like Krishna.

    Noted Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has now released a statement that condemns the film for hurting religious sentiments.

    “Such trivialisation of Lord Krishna, who is highly revered in Hinduism, is quite inappropriate and disturbing to the devotees,” the statement read. "Lord Krishna was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines, not for pushing movies for the mercantile greed of filmmakers."

    Director Bryan Singer is now being urged to remove all references to Krishna from the trailers and in the final movie.

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    "Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda is not okay as it hurts devotees and confuses non-Hindus about Hinduism," Zed noted.

    X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to release in May, 2016. You can watch the trailer here:

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