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Do You Know Who I Am

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was briefly held (for two hours or so) at Newark International Airport by the Department of Homeland Security. It seems Khan’s name matched a name on some terrorist watch list, but after ascertaining Shah Rukh Khan’s identity – with the help of the Indian government – he was promptly released

Of course Shah Rukh Khan was upset by his mistreatment, especially given the fact that he is an oft visitor to the United States. And the entire country of India is upset, as well, as if the nation’s character was impugned in the process. Naturally, the Indian press is having a field day with countless articles and editorials blasting the United States for what is perceived to be a racist and bigoted slight.

It’s hard not to notice an air of arrogance by Shah Rukh Khan and his supporters. It’s the type of attitude celebrities are known to take whenever they don’t get their way.

“DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!” This is a common refrain used by celebrities the world over, and Shah Rukh Khan is no exception.

Personally, I think Shah Rukh Khan was more upset that he was not recognized by immigration officers as the legitimate superstar that he is.

In defense of the immigration officers, they did their duty safeguarding American security: they discovered a problem, investigated it, found out there was nothing there, and promptly released the Indian actor. Khan was held for two hours. He wasn’t thrown in some hole, renditioned to Cuba, and tortured by the CIA. But according the India press, he might as well have.

I hope this incident doesn’t become an ugly diplomatic row between India and the United States, simply for the reason that it’s a petty issue.

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Written by niraj

August 18th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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