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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sharon Stone and Wire Service Writers:
Dumb and Dumber?

As I mentioned yesterday, Sharon Stone opened her mouth and something very, very stupid about how the massive earthquakes that may have killed tens of thousands of people in China was caused by national "bad karma" came out.

On Wednesday, China's largest chain of movie theaters swore to never again show a film featured her on any of their screens. Strangely, this was characterized in wire story headlines and body copy as a "boycott". I wonder why THAT is a boycott, yet major theater chains in the United States decided to drop Uwe Boll's"Postal" at the last minute was a "business decision."

Today, Thursday, the official mouthpiece of China's dictatorial government, the Xinhua News Agency, said in an editorial that Stone is the "public enemy of all mankind."

That statement is dumber than Stone's initial claim that the earthquakes (and the 70,000 or so dead bodies that followed) were the result of the bad karma resulting from the Chinese government "not being nice" to her buddy the Dali Lama of Tibet.

Stone is an idiot. She is not the "public enemy of all mankind." In fact, that honorific is far more suited to the Chinese government for their decades long abuses in Tibet, for their continued threats toward the people of Taiwan, and for their exporting of dangerous, poisonous trade goods to the rest of the world (not to mention the ecological impact the crappy job they do of regulating industry is having in China and worldwide).

It's one thing for an emptyheaded woman who makes her living speaking lines that are written for her by others to make stupid statements. It's something entirely different for supposedly educated journalists to do the same. Whoever wrote that editorial should feel very ashamed of themselves. And whoever characterized the Chinese cinema chain choosing not to show films with Stone as a "Chinese boycott" should feel almost as ashamed. Both are hyperbole of a magnitude that only someone as dimwitted as Sharon Stone should utter.

In happier news, Stone will probably focus on what she does best in the future--opening her legs--and leave political and spiritual commentary to those with brains in their heads. She's starting to see the consequences of shooting her mouth off.

French fashion house Christian Dior said Thursday it has dropped Sharon Stone from its Chinese ads. Dior is very, VERY eager to get its share of the growing Chinese luxury market, and they don't need Stone screwing it up for them.

The company also released a statement through its Shanghai office that has been described as an apology from Stone.

"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."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday he had taken note of Stone's apology, commenting: "We hope that as an American actress she should contribute to our two peoples' mutual trust, understanding and friendship."

Given the level of idiocy in the wire services, I am obligated to point out that this "apology" is a non-apology.

In the Dior-issued (and probably Dior penned) statement, Stone does not retract the notion that 70,000+ people died because of national bad karma and the Chinese "not being nice" to the Daili Lama. Stone apologized for "hurting the Chinese people," but she didn't say that her initial statement was wrong!

The original bit of stupidity stands, and now we can add the declaration that Sharon Stone is the "public enemy of all mankind" to it.

Next up, someone will start screaming about Christian Dior trying to silence Stone and cover up Chinese abuses.

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