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Stone: China Earthquake 'was karma for Tibet'

June 1, 2008

Henry Barnes and agencies
Guardian (UK)
May 28, 2008

Sharon Stone is facing a ban on the showing of her films in China
after suggesting the recent earthquake that killed up to 67,000
people may have been the result of "bad karma" over the country's
occupation of Tibet.

Stone, 50, who was speaking to reporters at the Cannes film festival,
criticised the Chinese government's actions in Tibet and directly
linked them to the disaster:

"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," she said.

"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?"

A YouTube video of Stone making the comments has provoked fury
amongst the online community and angered members of the Chinese film
industry. Ng See-Yuen, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong
Film-makers and the founder of the UME Cineplex chain, told The
Beijing Times that her comments were "inappropriate" and that his
cinema chain, which has a strong presence in Hong Kong, Beijing and
Shanghai, would no longer screen any films starring the actor.

The PR company for cosmetics giant Christian Dior has also taken
action against Stone by removing images of the actor promoting the
company's products from department stores across Beijing.

The ban may be something of a blessing for Chinese movie-goers. The
Year of Getting to Know Us, the first of Stone's films to be affected
by the ban, has been described by a user of the internet film site
IMDb as "one of the five worst films I have seen in my lifetime".
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