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Sharon Stone’s Quake Comment Causes Uproar in China

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Posted on May 29, 2008
Sharon Stone
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Bad karma: Sharon Stone has offered to help earthquake relief efforts in China as part of her apology.

Chinese moviegoers aren’t going to rush to see any more Sharon Stone flicks (if they ever did), and, as execs at Christian Dior realized, they won’t be in a hurry to buy products she promotes after she speculated at Cannes last week about the possibility that the devastating earthquake in China on May 12 represented a form of karmic retribution for the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibetans.

The actress apologized Thursday for her “erroneous words and deeds,” but her words apparently did little to rectify the situation, and Dior China pulled ads featuring Stone the same day.


AP via Breitbart.com:

Stone—perhaps best known for her starring role in “Basic Instinct”—sparked the controversy last week, which has angered people across China and led to pledges by some cinemas here to boycott her films.

“I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else,” Stone said, according to footage widely available on YouTube.

“And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma—when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

The remarks sparked an uproar in China, where people are in no hurry to forgive her, according to a survey published on the popular web portal www.qq.com.

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By Indian in the machine, June 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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LET’S BE RESPECTFUL OF SHARON STONE AS SHE REMEMBERS THAT SHE IS NO BETTER THAN ANYONE INCLUDING ONE CHINESE. 

IF YOU REFER TO MY WEBSITE, I’VE written lots on weather wars between china and the us, as well as posting very UNUSUAL SKY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM A SPIRITUAL CANADIAN INDIAN.

http://www.indianinthemachine.com

Be well and stay positive in the Light, may the Truthdig we are all engaging in, become clearer….let’s stay joyful through all these planetary changes.

Dieter
Indian in the machine
Canada

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By lester ness, June 10, 2008 at 3:32 am Link to this comment

Stone apparently has not been told that the region stricken is inhabited by TIBETANS!

Lester Ness

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment

Most of the nasty comments do not appear to come from Chinese tho. Why is it that virtue brings out the most vicious in many people? I guess they dont like to be reminded that it exists. Which implies that they are not completely evil. But then again, who is?

Not me.

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

I thot the story of Achillies and the dwarf child was real good tho. The Bug? Why have I forgot the name?

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

I think Ender was the best thing he ever wrote. But after that he apparently felt guilty and threw Ender in the soup to suffer and become a Christ. I hope he is feeling better by now.

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

And who is this Ender?

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

Is it his author?

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By paul easton, June 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

They may not give a hoot about their karma but certainly their karma gives a hoot about them.

But certainly Stone seems to be painting with a broad brush. She should distinquish between the Chicom Dynasty and the Chinese people, who must be made to understand that they are fellow victims.
As I pointed out the earthquake may have been the direct result of the Chicoms sins against their earth.

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By ender, June 9, 2008 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

China has hundreds of thousands of gov’t sponsored propogandist posting on message boards worldwide to combat the exposure of the cultural Genocide that is occuring and in Tibet.  You can tell by their slightly off kilter English usage, and their unstinting denial of the fate of the more than 50% of Tibetans that have been exiled to other parts of China, starved or killed outright.

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By ender, June 9, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

What the Hell!

Does an nation that suppresses even nonevangelical religions such as Buddhism in favor of Communist Secular Rationalism GIVE A FLYING HOOT ABOUT KARMA?

Methinks their cultural heritage is showing AND THE LEADERSHIP SHOULD ALL TURN THEMSELVES IN AND SUBMIT TO A VIGOROUS SESSION OF CULTURAL REORIENTATION IMMEDIATELY!

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By paul easton, June 6, 2008 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

Sure. And the nice Tibetans are so very greatful to the helpful Chinese government. As the nice Native Americans are so greatful to the US Government for giving them schools where they can learn about civilized values.

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By paul easton, June 6, 2008 at 3:52 am Link to this comment

It is not a ‘perceived political evil’, it is an unquestionable human catastrophe. To be so vain about your ignorance and hardness of heart is certainly creating bad karma for you.

Since karma is defined as cause and effect, it is entirely plausable that the earthquake is the result of the bad karma of the ‘commmunist’ kleptocracy, and the Chinese people deserve to know about this. I am talking about the wreched environmental practices of a regime for which GNP is the be all and end all. The science of seismology tells us that the quake could very well be the result of the grandiose damn building and heedless water mining that has been practiced.

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By paul easton, June 6, 2008 at 3:27 am Link to this comment

Who is this kath? Why does she talk so wierd and impolite? Definately she is helping her bad karma to replicate itself.

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By tres, June 5, 2008 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

Peaceful Tibetans? The only ones killing innocents were the Tibetans in the last riot. I have been to Tibet, most Tibetan people are nice, but what the Chinese did to the Tibetans, except building roads, schools, houses to give local Tibetans free? I don’t our government do that.

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By kath cantarella, June 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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who says something stupid and draws a international headline and 18 (so far) comments on Truthdig alone. Get a grip, people. This is not news.

Why don’t you focus on challenging corruption in govt? Deploring corruption is probably something you and Sharon Stone have in common. Consider the possibility.

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By Hammo, June 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

In China, they are mad at Sharon Stone.

In Russia, they are mad at Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Seems that die-hard communists in Russia think that 1950s-era Soviet agents were portrayed unfairly in the film.

More on this in the article:

“Indiana Jones movie criticized by Russian communists” (June 2, 2008)

http://jointreconstudygroup.blogspot.com/

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By Brock, June 2, 2008 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Not that I agree with it… but tell me why her opinion is any less valid than yours. Are YOU going to Darfur?

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By Maezeppa, June 2, 2008 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Anybody who could suggest that a catastrophy befalls regions because of some perceived political evil is an idiot and an opportunist.

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By miu, May 31, 2008 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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Hello! I am a Tibet supporter from Japan.
Please read this letter written by Dr. Robert Thurman that includes a great idea to make ” Dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao” happen at the G8 Summit this July in Japan.
Sign this letter and send it to your country’s leader immediately!
Let’s make this happen!

the detail is here.
http://fttj.org/

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By quinn, May 31, 2008 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
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When American celebrities get so caught
up in criticizing China, they’re ignoring the the American takeover of Hawaii, the stealing of Wallowa valley from the Wallowa indians,  the stealing of the Black Hills from the Sioux, and on and on.

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By lester ness, May 31, 2008 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

The region where the earthquake hit is mostly Tibetan!  Otherwise, Qiang people and Han.

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By joe blow, May 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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sorry to sharon and everyone else on the planet, but natural events are being controlled by humans.  either through haarp in alaska or through many erroneous thoughts- you know, like 3 dimensional reality is all there is, or is even real to begin with….

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By Frank Cajon, May 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

I understand that Sharon Stone is, notwithstanding her career choice and her appearance, quite bright. She has had neurosurgery, however. I would find this quote amusing in a way because of how ridiculous it makes her sound if it did not involve a terrible tragedy with the loss of tens of thousands of human lives, every one which is just as important as Sharon Stone.

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By Washington-Bubble, May 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Odd, still don’t see my original response to Philip which neither his or mine was offensive.  Just curious as to why they went off missing…

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By GreenIs&T;, May 30, 2008 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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You know, I was thinking the same thing.  Thank you, Sharon.  I’m never happy when anyone suffers, but hey look what the Chinese did to the peaceful Tibetans.  They destroyed the Buddhist monasteries and artifacts, statues of the Buddha, etc.  That wasn’t at all necessary.

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By Louise, May 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

“... she speculated at Cannes last week about the possibility that the devastating earthquake in China on May 12 represented a form of karmic retribution for the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibetans.”

Isn’t it just remarkable how quick minds grasp heavy issues?

Sharon might be able to find employment with one of those god-sellers. A dedicated bunch, always on top of every disaster [potential or otherwise] who say similar silly’s regarding our natural [or man made] disasters.

[I understand the faithful are always looking for a new “bimbo for god”]

Oh silly me ... duh!

She should run for president! smile

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

Is karma the same thing as those chickens that come home to roost?

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By Washington-Bubble, May 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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I responded to a post of Philip’s regarding this article a few hours ago.  I hit submit for my reply and noted that looking at the responses after that that his was gone as well as a couple others?  Mine hasn’t been posted as well, (which I assume is due to being approved by a moderator).

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By Mayponce, May 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

I’m waiting for the United States foreign policy karma to come to fruition, maybe Sharon Stone will get hit by a bus.

Or better yet we’ll get invaded by a country who wants nothing more than to bring light of democracy to our benighted shores (and of course you’ve got to break some eggs to make a democracy omelet, right?)

Even then I don’t think Americans could see beyond their arrogant hubris.

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By Washington-Bubble, May 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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Phillip,
  Lets flip the view around a little…what do you think the rest of the world thinks of the US?  Would it be fair that people outside the US use a broad brush when describing the US citizens as a whole as having hearts of stone?  Many citizens of the US do not believe or agree with the policies that are making the US look so bloody good right now to the rest of the world.  I think we all can agree that there are many fine people in the US that would go to the ends of the earth to help others and I would think that we’d find that to be the same in other countries as well .  I will say that alot of what you point out as issues you have with China can be traced right back to its government, not unlike what we presently see in the US, (lets face it, alot of your issues that you list, you could replace China with US and still be right).  Sharon Stone can call it karma or what have you but is her logic that the goverment of China’s treatment of Tibet to be repaid with the deaths of children as well as many adults, (who incidential were not the ones that made policy in regards to Tibet).  What exactly is her position on Katrina I wonder?  I’d be more supportive of the karma theory if instead of New Orleans being hit it was actually Congress, Senate and the Whitehouse..now_that would be karma!  I understand your points, I just have trouble when any society as a whole is blamed for the policies or failings of its goverment.

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By blueshift, May 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

OK. She’s blonde and good looking. After that, what?

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

Hollywood!!!!????? 

Did she mention anything about how the evil Chinese gubmint responded to its people in need compared with the US gubmint response to its people in need during the Katrina disaster?  Commies, 1; Self-Righteous Immerikanz, 0.

In fact, when viewed with some amount of objectivity, the US gubmint, scratch that, the US junta response is more comparable to that of Burma.  Telling Cuba to buzz off and otherwise ignoring its fellow Imirrikinz.

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By Aegrus, May 29, 2008 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

Just another Hollywood alumni pretending they have an opinion. Take up another cause. Why don’t you go to Darfur? Eh? Piss off, Stone. Stick to your day job.

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