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Pamela Fever Grips India

Pamela Anderson. Image by Flickr user Laundry Broad. CC BY-NC-ND


Hollywood actress and model Pamela Anderson became a Twitter trending topic recently as she had come to India to participate in a TV reality show called “Bigg Boss”, the Indian version of “Big Brother”. She had a rowdy welcome by her crazy fans at the airport in Mumbai, and she was perplexed as the fans constantly touched her to take her picture or autograph. The Indian media has also gone in a frenzy trying to cover her every move, from her clothes and greetings to what she ate. The Indian netizens reflect on what the Indians think of Pamela.

Greatbong at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Minds posts a hilarious reflection:

Growing up in the 90s, most Indian males fantasized about the day they could bring Pam Anderson home as their bahu (bride)—-she all sharmili in her red Baywatch-bikini colored sari, her mangalsutra gleaming in the diffused light, coming to the room with a glass of milk.

And then she would bend down and touch our feet.

Well at least bend down.

But we knew it was simply a fantasy. After all, why would Pam Anderson ever come to India when she had the sunny beaches of California to frolic in? After all, what did we Indian men, with our ability to recite multiplication tables up-to twenty-three, have to offer her that she couldn't get from Tommy Lee and Kid Rock?

The blogger goes on:

Well now she has. And if there any further proof needed as to why India is shining, then one look no further than the fact that we have finally been able to get her, in flesh and blood. So who cares that she is now slightly long in the tooth and that the warranty on her implants might have expired? After all, if we Indians can’t do a mean service contract, who can?

Pamela has already created ripples in India with her appearance in white Sari (as seen here), and the Indian ministry of broadcasting has added more drama by banning Big Boss, the reality show (along with another one) during prime time, as Santosh K. Chowdhury reports:

Broadcasting Ministry has issued a notification today as per which Bigg Boss on Colors (TV channel) and Rakhi ka Insaaf on Imagine (TV Channel) are not fit for universal viewing and hence channels would have to telecast these shows between only between 11PM and 5 AM and with it, a disclaimer would be added to saying that its is not suitable for children, parents discretion is required.

Indian Tweeps were quick to voice their opinions:

iSuvigya: I guess Pamela lost her luggage, may be that's the reason y she's wearing a piece of single cloth! #bb4 sucks

fillevampire: #Bigboss should be shifted to a late night slot on a desi cable. It is lewd, crass and after the entry of pam anderson also cheap, soft porn

rohsudaa: Bigboss has no nudity and bad words are bleeped out then why shift the timing? Support #bigboss

whistlepodu: As promised to Obama, we have started giving jobs to Americans…Pamela being the first recruit #BigBoss

sonampawar85: RT @pritishnandy: By pushing back Big Boss and Rakhi ka Insaf to 11 pm all that the Govt will ensure is that kids stay up late to watch them.

Sourav_RB: On da other side Bombay High court stays the I&B Ministry order to move #bigboss to 11p.m. slot.

Mayank sharma, a commenter at Greatbong's post probably sums it up best:

Getting her is no achievement. Its a simple business deal – 3 days for Rs 2.5 crores (USD 550,000 appx.) .. but we r going gaga over her just like we did in case of Obama .. colonial hangover, inferiority complex..whatever u wanna name it.

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