Uht oh, we smell trouble. Some of you may recall the sleaziest, and let’s face it, one of the dimmest of yogs we’ve seen, Mr. Ogden: the Inappropriate Yoga Guy. He was an internet sensation on the youtube, and Yoga Journal snapped him up to be “guest editor” in their humorous online video series, which definitely received some divided reviews. We found the funny in it, and actually thought it somewhat surprising that our long-bearded brethren YJ decided to indulge on such an off-color and tip-toey controversial character and storyline.
Well it was only a matter of time before the critics came a-hollerin! And though some YJ readers may have found it offensive, it’s the Hindu statesman that has the loudest bark. Indeed, Rajan Zed, a Nevadan and president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has come out against the videos and Yoga Journal’s “mockery of the age old and revered system”. Oops.
“When did lampooning become a medium to honor a 5,000-year-old tradition,” Rajan Zed asked.
You know what though? We think YJ did it all in good spirit and this is probably a good indication of the culture/generation clash here in the modern yoga world. (btw, we’re totally waiting for the Zed penned YD hate mail!)
Besides, Zed has a record of chastising other religion-related “disinformation” like when he criticized the filmmakers of Angels & Demons or when he launched a spam email campaign against The Love Guru.
Maybe it wasn’t the best move for Yoga Journal? leave that crass to the snarky blogland. heh.