Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Sharon Stone blames Chinese earthquake on bad karma

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Darn celebrities with their bizarre spiritual beliefs. You can't live with them, but reading those free papers they give out in London might become even more boring if we had to live without them. We've featured a few before, most recently Madonna and her belief that parents' souls choose the gender of their children, and now along comes former-Scientologist-turned-Buddhist Sharon Stone with her view that the recent Sichuan earthquake in China might have been caused by "bad karma":

"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. 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?"

That's right, China as a geographical entity (population 1.3bn) has "bad karma" because of the ongoing situation with Tibet (the Dalai Lama's Sharon's friend you know) so along comes an enormous earthquake that kills over 68,000 innocent people and leaves over 4m homeless in a province in the middle of China which is unlikely to be inhabited by any of the people directly responsible for what's happened in Tibet (which incidentally Sharon is "not happy" about).

Needless to say many people in China are unhappy with these comments and some cinemas have vowed to never show her films again, which will presumably come as no great loss to the Chinese people. Cosmetics stores have also taken down adverts featuring Stone, and citizens have posted videos on YouTube calling on the actor to apologise.

Stone made the comments while she was at Cannes last week. Here's a video:

12 comments:

John Gow said...

I think you are being a bit unfair to Sharon Stone here.

Her comments are obviously idiotic and childlike with regard to Karma, but the whole point of her talk was that "it was a big lesson" to her that we should be nice to groups of people who may not reciprocate any kindness.

I am slightly disturbed that you seem to have left part out and have "spun" the story in such an innacurate way.

You also say she "blamed" the earthquake on Karma. She did not. She only rhetorically questioned if this was the case. As idiotic as this is anyway, questioning options is not the same as a direct unequivocal statement.

She is obviously no great intellect but it does you no favours to write like Karl Rove on a bad day.

For the record I am an atheist and have no interest in Sharon Stone.

Dologan said...

"She is obviously no great intellect..."

Funny you mention her intellect, as she is reportedly supposed to have an IQ of 154... ;)

John Gow said...

So she is good with puzzles and shapes. It doesn't make her an intellectual or intelligent.

Some people with a high IQ believe in creationism and the God of the OT.

:)

Dologan said...

So, in order to be actually intelligent/an intellectual it is necessary to disbelieve those things?

John Gow said...

"So, in order to be actually intelligent/an intellectual it is necessary to disbelieve those things?"

Yes.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not happy about the way the actress Sharon Stone is treating the victims of the earthquake because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. I've been concerned about how should we deal with Sharon Stone, because she is not being nice to the Chinese, who has nothing to do with her. And then all these advertisement drops from Christian Dior, bans of films and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma – when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"

Anonymous said...

Wenchuan County, the epicenter of this earthquake, has population of 54% Tibetans, 26% Hui and 25 Hans. If Ms. Stone's theory of Karma stands, would that suggest the Karma is for blaming Dalai Lama lying to the world and Tibetans rioting and killing innocents

Shakarul said...

After the Sichuan earthquake incidence, I was worried that some senseless individuals might deploy the word “karma” to hit at China over the Tibetan issue. Unfortunately my worry came through; maybe by evil’s will, Sharon Stone was the chosen one to spell out such disastrous word.

I don’t have better words except “stupid” and “brainless” to relate her to this incidence. As a celebrity, Sharon Stone and others like Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Adam Yauch and Alanis Morissette (please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-SkymiejK0, you would witness how this bunch of actor/actress have foolishly involved themselves in anti-China campaign over Tibetan issue without actually knowing the true history of Tibet or perhaps they are just another good friends of Dalai Lama) should not associate themselves with any political/racial issues which might potentially hurt the feelings of their supporters.

Sharon Stone have just forgone estimated USD 60 millions by using the word “karma” against the Sichuan’s victims; this figure of course does not include her revenue generated from the Chinese communities all over the world in future.

Personally I wish to truthfully reveal that I love to watch “Indiana Jones” series ever since my childhood. Unfortunately due to silly anti-China exposure on the part of Harrison Ford, I have to painfully restrain myself from watching “The Legend of the Crystal Skull” which is currently on show in my country. I definitely would not watch anymore “Indiana Jones” series from now onwards. I don’t know much about Adam Yauch and Alanis Morissette, but I would definitely apply the same principle on Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. I have lost counts of times watching “Ghost” in my lifetime, this show how much I am in fond of Richard Gere but this will be history and would never exist again.

Piece of advice to all Hollywood stars; please don’t be foolishly misled by others especially on issue which you are totally ignorant of. If you try to bombard China, you are going against 1.4 billions individuals worldwide. If you can earn USD 1/- from each and every Chinese individual, you would be billionaire overnight and you might be producer of your own kind in Hollywood instead of being an actor/actress.

Shakarul said...

The film which I have referred to should be “Pretty Woman” instead of “Ghost”.

Anonymous said...

No one should be sympathetic towards sharon stone. She deserves all the slack she's getting. It's ok to say something dumb once in a while but totally unacceptable to make an insult like that. Im sure im speaking on behalf of china when i say sharon stone you are a fucking retarded bitch who has a brain the size of a pin head.

surgeon said...

we don't have to hate sharon stone but we don't have to like her also. and certainly we should not help her get richer, too. on my part, i've decided to have nothing to do with her anymore: any DVD with her in it is now in the trash, and i will not patronize any movie or product which she is connected with in any shape or form.

Dave said...

Actually Sharon Stone was quite correct about the earthquake being caused by China's bad karma as a nation. Burma also has plenty has plenty of bad karma.

See more info on group karma at http://www.sentforlife.com/karma.html