You crazy old bat. What were you thinking? You were at Cannes. On the Red Carpet. You should have been talking about your gown. Or your abs. Or how it seems like just yesterday you were "accidentally" exposing your lady bits to an unsuspecting nation of moviegoers.
There was no need to drag China into it.
In case you missed it, Stone reportedly said:
"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. And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?The Chinese media went nuts, of course. And I suppose their outrage is justified. But then there's a tiny part of me that's thinking, this is a woman who defines karma as "When You're Not Nice That the Bad Things Happen To You." That’s how my four-year-old would define Karma. So it's hard not to laugh when the Chinese declare Sharon Stone “a public enemy of all mankind" and rip down all her fashion posters.
Stone has since apologized profusely for her insensitive remarks, offering to "help with earthquake cleanup or, you know, help distribute free chopsticks or whatever."
I'm kidding. She didn't say that.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang took note of Stone's apology, saying "We hope that as an actress she should contribute to our two peoples' mutual trust, understanding and friendship."
But that's exactly the problem, Mr. Gang! As an actress she really shouldn't be doing that. She should be “being in movies.” Because that’s what actresses do. Or at least that’s what they used to do before they felt obligated to oil their yaps and spout their political views all over the place.
I know, I know. There are lots of actors and actresses who have done plenty of good for the world. For better or worse, we give these men and women a platform, and some do make a very positive impact. But sometimes I still want to bitch-slap George Clooney, United Nations Messenger of Peace, and say “Dude, you played a handyman on the Facts of Life.”
I’m conflicted, I guess you could say.
What’s your take? Should celebrities serve double duty as social and political activists or would you rather they just stick with their more ... basic instincts?