Nevada, Jan 17 (Agencies): Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey has invoked the wrath of Hindus by portraying Lord Ganesha in a sex act on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL). Hindus have now sought an apology from the actor as wel as the TV network.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Sunday, said that Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects in TV series for mercantile greed. Such absurd depiction of Lord Ganesha with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.

In a skit on NBC’s SNL (January eight) titled “The Wrath of Ganesh”, Jim Carrey (as erotic shaman Lee Licious) and Kenan Thomson (as Grady Wilson) demonstrate a sexual technique, mocking elephant-headed Lord Ganesha and his trunk in the process. Grady has travelled the world to find new sexual techniques to spice up the bedroom, the tagline of the episode (1587) “Grady Wilson's Tantric N'Tasty” says.

Such trivialisation of Lord Ganesha was disturbing and offensive to the one billion Hindus world over, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said and requested NBC to immediately remove it from all its websites and other links.

Rajan Zed also asked Golden Globe winner actor-comedian Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) , actor-comedian Kenan Thomson, NBC Universal president and chief executive officer Jeff Zucker, and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels to tender a public apology for it and urged them not to inappropriately drag Hindu deities to advance the commercial or other agenda in the future.

Meanwhile, Forum for Hindu Awakening has called it a “grave denigration” and “vulgar mockery of Sri Ganesh”, appealing devout Hindus worldwide to protest against it.

Emmy winning late-night comedy show SNL, which entertains millions each week, entered 36th season on September 25. Headquartered in New York (USA), founded in 1926, and available in about 112 million households, NBC Universal claims to be one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.