Christian Dior have pulled promotional posters in China which feature actress, Sharon Stone, because of her controversial comments about China’s recent earthquake which has left more than 67,000 people dead and many more homeless.
Earlier this week Stone caused outrage in China after suggesting to a news channel the earthquake could be put down to “karma” for the country’s treatment of Tibet.
“I’ve been concerned with how we should deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine,” she told the news channel. “And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened and I though, is that karma – when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”
Because of these comments, Christian Dior China have pulled the ads which feature the actress.
A spokesman at the company’s Shanghai headquarters said, “We don’t agree with her hasty, unreflecting remarks and we deeply regret them.
“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.”
As the angry comments are flooding in on YouTube, Stone has released a statement apologizing for her comments.
“Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people. I am willing to take part in the relief work of China’s earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people.”
Questions: Is it right for an actress to say something like that when people’s lives (who has nothing to do with how the Chinese government are acting) have been devastated? Isn’t “karma” suppose to come back and bite the discussion makers in the backside and not innocent people who are thousands of miles away from the Chinese capitol?