Pakistani actress and model Veena Malik has just launched her new logo. Yet, composed of a stylishly interlaced V and M, the logo is already provoking controversy, with several Asian newspaper and blogs accusing Malik of going Masonic.
“Hollywood fashion icon Lady Gaga and Rihanna chose Illuminiti and Freemanson[ry] for their identity,” says Pakistan’s Daily Times, “and now B[ollywood]-Town eye candy Veena Malik['s] following their path.” Virtually the same wording has shown up elsewhere, including in the International Business Times.
Malik’s logo is reminiscent of Freemasonry’s premier emblem, the interlaced Square and Compasses, which possibly derives from Ptolemy’s Geographia, published in 1525 by Willibald Pirckheimer. The Masonic emblem represents, among other things, the meeting of the spiritual and earthly realms. According to the International Business Times, Malik has described her symbol as representing “confidence, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven.”
As far as we are aware, Malik is not a Freemason. However, accusing celebrities of being members of the Illuminati or Freemasonry has become a craze among religious fundamentalists, especially Christian Evangelicals in the US. However, anti-Freemasonry is also prevalent in Islamism, and is promoted in the Saudi Arabian curriculum, and elsewhere.
Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternity that accepts men of all religions, and teaches moral lessons through rituals and symbols. Some Masonic jurisdictions accept women as members as well.