Maybe Sharon Stone thinks she could be another Susan Sarandon. Maybe she thinks she is intelligent enough to write her own script. Maybe she just doesn’t realize how powerful China and its market is.
The cheeky newspaper thinks that the ban, however, 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”.
Stone reportedly made the comments while speaking to a Hong Kong TV channel on the sidelines of the Cannes film festival last week (watch it here). Her comments has sparked a fury amongst the online community, angered members of the Chinese film industry, and forced Christian Dior, which Stone appears in ads for the firm’s skincare range, make-ups, and watches, to drop her images from its Chinese advertisements and stores all over China. Stone on Wednesday apologized for her “karma” comments. She said she felt “deeply sorry for my inappropriate words and acts, which have hurt the Chinese people’s feelings.” But many in the country said they’ll never forgive her.
Earlier this month, Chinese consumers organized an Internet campaign that called for a boycott of products made by Louis Vuitton – which, like Dior, belongs to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA Chairman Bernard Arnault – after protests by pro-Tibetan activists when the Olympic torch passed through Paris.
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