Actress Sharon Stone offered an apology to the people of China for her remarks that bad karma resulting from Chinese action in Tibet had caused the earthquake that devastated the nation and resulted in the death of over 60,000 people. She expressed sorrow and felt “deeply sorry for my inappropriate words and acts, which have hurt the Chinese peple’s feelings.” Even as she spoke Dior stores all over China were removing anything that might be associated with the actress who has done extensive work for the company. Most Chinese people simply will not buy the apology act and regard it simply as a ploy in order to avoid retaliation against her modeling work or her movies being shown in China– they will not be for the forseeable future.
In itself, this is merely a sad commentary on a person who happens to be an actress but somehow beieves she has knowledge about world affairs. We live in an age in which if someone can sing, act, or do tricks, they not only become a person of wealth, they also become a person whose opinions should be respected. Sharon Stone tried to pass herself off as someone who knows something about Tibet and is friendly with the Dalai Lama. We can assume she met him at some celebrity event. Perhaps, she is the flip side of George Bush, another actor who thought he had knowledge of world affairs. At least Ms. Stone has apologized for her stupidity, will the other actor come forth with an apology?