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Farrah Abraham Defends Bollywood-Inspired Red Carpet Look at 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

"I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences," she said

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    Farrah Abraham Defends Bollywood-Inspired Red Carpet Look at 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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    Farrah Abraham arrives at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles.

    Farrah Abraham dropped jaws at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards Sunday night — and not in the best way.

    The "Teen Mom" reality star donned a Bollywood-inspired ensemble to the show Sunday night, wearing a three-piece gold and pink outfit that she accessorized with a matching headpiece and a bindi on her forehead.

    Almost immediately, people started taking to Twitter to comment on the cultural insensitivity of the Indian-themed outfit, especially the use of the bindi, which is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance.

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    Abraham spoke to TooFab and revealed she wasn't worried "at all" about the internet's cultural appropriation backlash and criticism.

    In fact, she told the website she wanted to "bring culture" to the red carpet. "I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences," she added.

    She also noted that the look made her feel "freaking amazing, Bollywood and sexy!"

    Back in 2013, Selena Golmez wore a bindi on her head for the MTV Movie Awards and was immediately asked to apologize by the Universal Society of Hinduism.

    "It is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol," the society told E! News in a statement at the time. "It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed."

    The statement continued, "Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions."

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