Today, Christian Dior announced it is removing its advertisements in China featuring Sharon Stone “due to some customer reaction.” The French fashion house also released an apology from the star: “Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people.”
And how did the “Basic Instinct” actress manage to do that? “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,” she said last week at Cannes. “And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened and I thought: Is that karma, when you are not nice that the bad things happen to you?”
Ms. Stone, by making her remarks, joins a long list of people who are not considered good friends of China. In fact, she is not a good friend of anyone, at least according to Beijing’s Xinhua News Agency. The official media outlet today called her the “public enemy of all mankind.” Stone’s words may have been ill-considered–the quake struck a predominately Tibetan area. But they hardly put the actress in the same league as, say, Hitler, Stalin, or–dare I day it?–Mao.
I was sad to see Sharon Stone retract her comments. She was, after all, only expressing heartfelt (if confused) sentiments about abhorrent leaders. Although Beijing has been successful in intimidating virtually every world leader these days, it cannot change people’s innate sense of right and wrong. If there is any justice in this world-and I for one believe there is-events will eventually hold Chinese autocrats to account. It may not be karmic, but it will happen nonetheless.