Karma's a bitch.. according to Chinese, so is Sharon Stone
Tracy E. Gilchrist | May 29, 2008
The Chinese film industry has banned Sharon Stone�s movies, including her classic Basic Instinct, following insensitive remarks she made that the devastating earthquake was �bad karma,� due to the country�s occupation over Tibet.
Stone, 50, criticized the Chinese government�s actions in Tibet to reporters at a red carpet event at the Cannes Film Festival last week. The actress and activist called the earthquake that killed 67,000-plus people, a form of karmic retribution.
And now a YouTube.com video of Stone's remarks has so incensed members of the Chinese film industry that they've banned her films.
"I�m not happy about the way that the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don�t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else," Stone told reporters at Cannes. "And so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do because I don't like that."
Stone continued to reporters, �I've been concerned about how should we deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine.
"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?" Stone asked.
Stone�s comments were �inappropriate,� Ng See-Yuen, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Film-makers and the founder of the UME Cineplex chain, told The Beijing Times. He emphasized that his cinema chain, which maintains a strong presence in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, would place a moratorium on screening any of Stone�s films.
An additional slap of disapproval for Stone's remarks came from the publicity company for cosmetics' maker Christian Dior, which has removed images of her promoting the company's products from department stores across Beijing. Gay Link Content