#1 Stone Gets Taste Of Instant Karma05-28-2008, 02:00 PMChina bans Sharon Stone's films after she claims 'bad karma' over Tibet may have caused earthquake that killed 70,000
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Last updated at 11:56 AM on 28th May 2008
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Sharon Stone's "karma" comment is having an instant effect on her movie-star status in China.
The 50-year-old actress suggested last week that the devastating May 12 earthquake in China could have been the result of bad karma over the government's treatment of Tibet.
That prompted the founder of one of China's biggest cinema chains to say his company would not show her films in his theaters, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.
Controversial: Sharon Stone posing as she arrives to attend the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2008 benefit at Le Moulin de Mougins during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival
"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 told a reporter from Hong Kong's Cable Entertainment News.
"And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"
Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, called Stone's comments "inappropriate".
UME has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, China's biggest urban movie markets.
During the brief interview, which has also surfaced on YouTube, Stone also said she cried when she received a letter from the Tibetan Foundation asking her to help quake victims.
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That was a stupid thing for her to say. Kind of like Reverend Wright saying 9/11 was our fault.
05-29-2008, 12:10 PM
About 30 seconds after she showed her "V-Fruit" in that singly imfamous movie, her career started to slide. Who cares what she thinks? The Lama’s ‘a personal fried of mine’ too. Me and about 6.5 billion other people. Ms. Stone’s about as relevant as an old rotten banana left over from the Memorial weekend in my waste basket at work.
05-29-2008, 12:45 PM
Apology time! Someone doesn't like being on the wrong end of "karma."
LOS ANGELES — French fashion house Christian Dior said Thursday it has dropped Sharon Stone from its Chinese ads and released a statement from the actress apologizing for saying China's earthquake may have been bad karma for its treatment of Tibet.
The 50-year-old actress said she was "deeply sorry" for causing anguish and anger among Chinese people with her remarks in an interview last week. Stone models for Christian Dior SA, and the company's Shanghai office issued the statement.
Stone's comments caused considerable anger in the Chinese media. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary Thursday she was the "public enemy of all mankind."
The public relations manager for Dior in Shanghai who gave only her surname, Guo, said Stone would no longer appear in the company's advertisements in China.
"Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people," Stone said in the statement. "I am willing to take part in the relief work of China's earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people."
Sharon Stone Thinks China Earthquake Might Have Been 'Karma' Chinese media have erupted in indignation over foreign criticism of the country ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August. During the international leg of the Olympic torch relay, many Chinese reacted strongly to protests over China's rule of Tibet.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday he had taken note of Stone's apology.
"We hope that as an actress she should contribute to our two peoples' mutual trust, understanding and friendship," he said.
Stone's original comments were made last week during a Cannes Film Festival red-carpet interview.
"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. "And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"
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