Monday, May 24, 2010

Pop princess Doda to do time?

From: NWE
Controversial singer Doda is facing the prospect of doing two years behind bars for alleging that the Bible was written by people with a fondness for drinking too much wine and smoking herbal cigarettes.

Warsaw prosecutors have taken a dim view to off-the-cuff comments the 26-year-old singer made during a television interview a year ago and have charged her with insulting religious sentiment.

Dorota Rabczewska, to give the performer her actual name, got into trouble when she said she believed more in dinosaurs than the Bible because “it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes.”

For conservative Catholics, already uneasy with Doda’s unbridled penchant for showing off her body, the singer’s comments provoked consternation.

Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Committee for the Defence Against Sects, claimed that by calling the Bible’s authors “drunkards and junkies” she had offended the “religious feelings of both Christians and Jews.”

They filed an initially unsuccessful complaint with the prosecutor’s office but their luck changed after
investigators quizzed experts as to whether Doda’s comments were insulting. If found guilty Doda, who has a string of hits to her name, could face two years in gaol or a fine.

The comments, which have already won Doda the dubious distinction of being banned from the public television network TVP, are the not the first time that she has courted controversy.

When a juror on a television show, she was censored on more than occasion for swearing during live broadcasts.