A Thought For Sunday

April 29, 2007, 9:44 PM UTC
Fortune

Let’s all send out a massive wave of goodwill to Bodhisattva Richard Gere, who is now under indictment in India for kissing a Bollywood movie star in public. For students of corporate life, the thought percolates up that it is important, in any setting, to understand the culture in which one is operating. A friendly buss on the cheek between two associates may be fine in one arena and a criminally obscene act in another. In any event, our thoughts go out to Mr. Gere and his friend the Dalai Lama for this unexpected and somewhat inexplicable piece of bad publicity. A celebrity can never tell how anything is going to play these days, but if bad taste was suddenly declared a punishable crime there would hardly be room in any of our penal institutions.