Sharon Stone offends China

Sharon Stone at CannesWhile being interviewed by a Chinese media outlet at the Cannes Film Festival, Sharon Stone blamed the recent earthquake that killed more than 67,000 Chinese people on “karma,” citing China’s treatment of Tibetans. She said, “All these earthquakes and stuff happened and I thought, ‘Is that karma?’ When you are not nice, bad things happen to you. I’m not happy about how the Chinese are treating the Tibetans, I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. They’re not being very nice to the Dalai Lama, who’s a good friend of mine.” In response, Ng See-Yuen, founder of one of China’s biggest cinema chains, called Stone’s comments “inappropriate” and says his theaters will no longer screen her movies. Stone has three films scheduled to be released in the next 12 months.

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  1. Shaun • May 28, 2008 @ 10:07 AM

    100% inappropriate. That’s like China saying to the americans that 9/11 was Karma.

  2. Gambit • May 28, 2008 @ 2:25 PM

    What a moron. Sharon has got to be the dumbest person in Hollywood, and that’s saying a lot! How does that bimbo keeps getting work is beyond me.

  3. Stephen • May 28, 2008 @ 2:30 PM

    Ms. Stone should learn that unless she has something intelligent to say, she should keep her mouth shut. And she should also learn that unless she wants to always been considered a B-actress whose claim to fame is getting nude for roles in her youth, she should learn to keep her legs closed.

  4. Lisa • May 28, 2008 @ 2:31 PM

    I wished people would actually research on the history of Tibet. She has probably spoken with the exiled Tibetans who were once rich slave owners back in Tibet.

    The earthquake killed many, it’s very sad. But it has also brought the Chinese people together and help each other.

    Watching the videos of parents crying over their child’s dead body from the collapsed school buildings made me cry so much. How can you have the heart to say this is karma?

  5. tammy • May 28, 2008 @ 2:36 PM

    My mom always told me if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all..Sharon..

  6. tributegirl • May 28, 2008 @ 3:42 PM

    True, but then again, we are all voicing our opinions, doesn’t she have that same right? Whether or not her opinion is nice or not, it is her own. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with her, although I think Tibet should be free, I hate the way China is suppressing Tibet, but to call this kind of devastation “karma” is really stupid, in my opinion.

  7. STEVE-O • May 28, 2008 @ 4:20 PM

    Confucious say : Old and wrinkly does not mean wise and intelligent.

  8. free tibet/look deep inside china • May 28, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

    she’s right.

    truth hurts people. china is offended by its own reality. tough.

  9. Anonymous • May 28, 2008 @ 7:51 PM


  10. Poppa John's in Exile • May 28, 2008 @ 8:04 PM

    Wow!! That theatre obviously is representative of the Chinese Goverment’s oppostion to free speech, eh? But then again, that Theatre, as are all theatres and media in China, are owned by the Government. I’m not surprised at the outrage. This Ng See-Yuen was obviously chosen by the gov’t to be a theatre mogul. Nobody owns anything but the gov’t in China. They decide if you’re a business owner, a farmer, a doctor, whether your children will grow up to be successful, all of those decisions are made by them, and they can change their mind at any moment. They do this to create the illusion of success for China’s people. If you don’t play by their rules you will be ousted( that’s it,if you’re lucky) and someone else will be put in your place. Quite simple, yet complex. I wonder how many people actually know this…

  11. Anonymous • May 28, 2008 @ 9:07 PM

    I don’t understand what the huge fuss is about!! Sharon is simply expressing an opinion which was that it was probably karma. I’ve heard some people saying that it is karma. What are you going to do, shoot them? The tragedy that happened in China was natural but what the Chinese gov’t is doing in Tibet (and elsewhere) is not. The Chinese gov’t is intentionally killing Tibetan monks and its citizens.
    I always believed that you always get what you deserve.
    Free Tibet

  12. Anonymous • May 28, 2008 @ 9:29 PM

    To some of the above commenters, Sure China is sketchy but there are other more serious human rights issues than freedom of speech

    have you guys live in the country actually?
    only reiterating what western media has told you about Chinese goverment? Shame on you

  13. coolness • May 29, 2008 @ 12:47 AM

    ok. i saw this video and could not believe my ears. first off: the people she was talking to were chinese. that in itself is an immoralistic thing to do. i understand that the chinese isn’t exactly top notch what with the whole tibet thing but are you saying that those innocent civilians who lost their lives deserved it because people in their governing system are holding another country captive, which is a serious issue for sure but that’s like saying ‘karma’ to the US for hurricane katrina because of the Bush Administration’s invasion of iraq.

    come on you’re smarter than that. there was absolutely no sense of sympathy in your words. how can you be friends with the dalai lama and say such things? have you not learned anything from him? and it’s funny that you say you don;t believe anybody should be unkind to anyone when literally the words that came before that was like a slap in the face to all those who just died and those that are still suffering. it’s more than inappropriate.

  14. coolness • May 29, 2008 @ 12:49 AM

    I hope sharon stone’s career go further down the tank than it already is. seriously, the only thing she’s known for is showing her hooha on screen. i’m just so pissed.

  15. Bubbles • May 29, 2008 @ 9:49 AM

    Sharon Stone offends me with that ridiculous haircut and inability to act.. how come that’s not mentioned in the article?

  16. tributegirl • May 29, 2008 @ 10:11 AM

    Oh, Bubbles, I love ya!

  17. N • May 29, 2008 @ 1:35 PM

    but she’s not saying, or insinuating, that they deserved what happened to them, only that it’s Karma.

  18. Nancy • May 29, 2008 @ 4:33 PM

    And Karma ALWAYS has a way of coming back and biting you in the @$$!!!

  19. Anonymous • May 29, 2008 @ 4:48 PM

    I totally agree with N and Nancy. Sharon is not saying that the people are deserving of what happened. Diasters are a natural occurance. Karma or not, natural tragedies happen.

  20. Poppa John's in Exile • May 29, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

    Hey “anonymous” ( Who the hell is STILL namimg their kids anonymous, anyway?) I take it you are writing your comment from inside the Great Wall, are ya? Enjoying that freedom “anonymously”, are ya? WESTERN MEDIA?? YIKES!!! Give me a break!!
    It’s nice to know that you’re so “Anonymously” “IN TOUCH” with all of the world’s injustices. And that you took the time to read my E-mail in full. BUt I guess the Chinese gov’t must have shut you down before you got to the REAL issues, eh?
    Go Back To Sleep!!!!

  21. PeaceOut • May 30, 2008 @ 6:55 AM

    As someone unwise and unintelligent said:
    Is that karma? When you are not nice, bad things happen to you.

    You lost the Dior contract and they won’t screen your movies.

    Nice move Sharon. Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?

  22. Anonymous • May 30, 2008 @ 10:25 AM

    How stupid can she be?

  23. N • May 30, 2008 @ 1:15 PM

    Nicely put PeaceOut! Didn’t realize that one lol

  24. Not Chinesenot Tibetian • June 8, 2008 @ 12:27 AM

    That’s pretty unfortuante. I am sure she does not regret it though. She is just standing up for something she feels strongly about.
    I’m glad I was born in the USA though, I wouldn’t want to be either Chinese or Tibetian, they worship statues and stuff like that, yuck.

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