posted on May, 29 2008 @ 09:04 AM
Hollywood’s Stone apologizes for China quake 'karma' remark
First Posted 18:44:00 05/29/2008
BEIJING -- Hollywood star Sharon Stone has apologized after a furious response in China to her comments that its deadly earthquake was "karma" over
the Chinese government's policies in Tibet.
The US actress also offered to help with the earthquake relief effort in a statement issued by the China branch of French luxury goods maker Christian
Dior, where she is a top model.
"My erroneous words and deeds angered and saddened the Chinese people, and I sincerely apologize for this," she said in the statement, issued in
Chinese and sent to Agence France-Presse Thursday.
"I'm willing to participate in any earthquake relief activity and to do my utmost to help Chinese people affected by the disaster," she added.
Stone, 50, made the controversial remarks at the Cannes Film Festival last week, leading to pledges by some Chinese cinemas not to show her films.
"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," Stone said,
according to footage widely available on YouTube.
"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
Dior's China branch also issued a statement distancing itself from Stone's remarks.
"We don't agree with her hasty, unreflecting remarks and we deeply regret them," Dior said in a Chinese-language statement.
"Dior was one of the first international brands to enter China and has won the affection and respect of the consuming public. We absolutely do not
support any remark that hurts the Chinese people's feelings.
"We express our sorrow over the compatriots who lost their lives in the earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan, and we extend our sympathy and condolences
to the people in the disaster area."
Stone's image has been removed from a number of Dior outlets at department stores in Beijing, according to reports in the state media.