Sharon Stone desperately needs a new scriptwriter

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on May 29, 2008

I’d hate to have the job of PR flak at Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. I just don’t see any way the French luxury giant will be able to put a positive spin on the outrageously insensitive comments made by Sharon Stone, who has represented its Christian Dior cosmetics line. Door-stopped by a Hong Kong television reporter on the sidelines of the Cannes film festival, Stone intimated that the horrific devastation wrought by the Sichuan earthquake was some kind of karmic retribution for China’s treatment of the Tibetans. You can watch Ms Stone put her foot in her mouth on Youtube.

LVMH management has already indicated it may drop Stone from its marketing campaign, and there are already reports that advertisements featuring her have been taken down in Beijing. It sure hasn’t been a good year for LVMH in China. Earlier, there were calls for boycotts of its luxury goods by Chinese bloggers angry with the way French demonstrators tried to snatch the Olympic torch from a Chinese woman in a wheel chair bearing it.

You have got to wonder whether LVMH was already questioning its decision to work with Stone before this enormous gaff. When she was in Shanghai last year to promote an anti-aging cream from Dior, she told local reporters that “wrinkles are lucky”, effectively undermining the need for the products she represented.

Reader Comments

Steven

May 29, 2008 12:36 PM

I think she just spoke out what she was thinking. She is not alone in US. We saw the similar words from BusinessWeek readers here too.

My impression is that many who have the similar thinkings are pro-Dalai Lama. Sharon is just one of them. Isn't this interesting?

JiaMing

May 29, 2008 4:50 PM

After I watched the interview I had the impression that she was stoned (and Stone). Her speech was a little incoherent. Anyway, she is dumb as a rock (or stone), so anybody who would hire her as a spokes person is even dumber. I do believe her wrinkle comment may have some merits. Just look at how lucky she's been. Boy, she is probably the luckiest women on earth. Hahaha...

ellena

May 30, 2008 2:19 AM

Earthquake is a natural disaster, Tibetan issue is about politics. Even through she is a friend of Dalai lama, In a perspective of humanity, she shouldn't have mixed those 2 things up and shouldn't even have had a moment of the thought that it's sth about karma.

Steven

May 30, 2008 11:59 AM

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1810259,00.html?xid=feed-yahoo-full-world

What you can expect from this kind of Americans. They are fed by this kind of news. Of course they call themselves pro-human rights.

Shirley Appleton

May 30, 2008 12:32 PM

It would be disaster for Dior or any other entity to believe that only the Chinese are outraged at this inexplicably twisted, mindless rhetoric. There is not enough room on this page to comment on the woman and her words. She should be dropped from Dior across the world, not only in China. And her films should be banned in all countries, including the United States. I have always been under the impression that she was an inteligent person. I was wrong.

Shirley Appleton

May 30, 2008 12:49 PM

It would be disaster for Dior or any other entity to believe that only the Chinese are outraged at this inexplicably twisted, mindless rhetoric. There is not enough room on this page to comment on the woman and her words. She should be dropped from Dior across the world, not only in China. And her films should be banned in all countries, including the United States. I have always been under the impression that she was an inteligent person. I was wrong.

Andrea

May 30, 2008 4:37 PM

CNN notes "Stone reaps bad karma for quake comments." Rumors say that blondes have no brains. At least it is true for Stone.

Dior, next time pick someone like Jessica Alba. She's young, gorgeous and intelligent. And, she's not a blonde.

Steve

June 2, 2008 2:17 PM

Even if we step into her line of thought for a minute- actually the Chinese government had just agreed for the first time to meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama when the earthquake hit. So if someone were trying to read signs into it, it could be interpreted just opposite of what she said.

Jing

June 2, 2008 2:42 PM

I definitely agree with Ellena on mixing nature disaster and politics. Using a devastating earth quake that killed thousands of innocent people especially children as a way to promote one belief is not just insensitive, it's disgusting.
For those who hold similar belief, maybe they should sit down and watch what really happened. Think before you speak.

Tim

June 2, 2008 11:42 PM

You know the majority of people out there are sympathetic but there are always some dumbass not comfortable with China:
Sharon Stone;
Steven Spielberg;
Brad Pitt
Richard Gere
George Clooney.
These guys show great sympathy to the "misery" in either Darfur or "genocide and repression" in Tibet, which has been for thousand of years a part of China. But what did they do during the earthquake relief,killing 80,000 people in China? They do nothing. Mr Steven Spielberg cares much abouth the misery in Darfur but fail to express any sympathy to earthquake victimes. What a satir to these dumb hollywood superstars!
I will stick to pirate DVD of movies directed, performed by these dumb ass and I will call on all Chinese netizens to spread the news of never ever watch their movies in cinea but on pirate DVD.

Amritraj

June 3, 2008 12:30 AM


Is the consistent denial of a peoples right to chose their way of life not a Human Rights issue...is that not about humanity. What did happen in China during the earthquake is terrible by the magnitude of a disaster and I am sure Ms Stone and or any other individual would not wish it upon any individual or country.

China needs and deserves all the blessings, prayer, and material help that they may need to tackle the disaster. That does not deny the fact that the Tibetan issue is also humanitarian

Lets not call it politics because it suits our political and or economic considerations

Celestial Emperor

June 15, 2008 1:51 PM

These stupid Americans are such hippocrates. They act like they are most concerned about human rights in China and have the right to interfere and dictate to China about human rights but don't give a damn about the racism and discrimination that takes place against minorities in America, a country which prides itself as the bastion of human rights, fairness and all that is good and just in the world.

Chinese and other East Asians in the US are still treated with racist condesention by the mainstream American society. They are deliberately portrayed in the print and electronic media as comical, meek, inept, evil, unworthy and generally not good enough for respect. The glass ceiling prevents East Asians from advancing to higher/highest levels in the various professional fields. It is a known fact that American Universities place caps on the number of enrolment by students of East Asian background. MERIT BE DAMNED, IT IS ONE'S RACE THAT DETERMINES ONE'S WORTH IN THIS POMPOUS HIPPOCRATE SOCIETY THAT HAS THE AUDACITY TO PREACH TO OTHERS WHAT THEY THEMSELVES NEVER PRACTICE.

The damn Yankees want to profit from China's economic boom yet never tire from relentless efforts to undermine China's legitimate interests through malicious lies and other forms of subterfuge.

As always there are all these hippocrate Indians who never spare an opportunity to malign China by speaking as if in their (white) master's own voice. Listen here all you Indian wolfs in sheep's clothing, your burning jealousy of China is a well known fact, don't try to be so patronizing. You can keep on dreaming for China to fail so that you can feel good about your unworthy nation but the Dragon will rise come what may.

As for Sharon Stone, she is just another has-been actress in hollywood who is no longer in demand at the box office. She knows now that the big bucks are in China nowadays and her sponsers cannot afford to lose a massive pool of disposible income for the sake of her stupidity. She has learned a bitter lesson that China is not the land of docile "gooks" that is going to tolerate any and every affront in silence.

tangmike

June 17, 2008 10:39 AM

As a world citizen, it seems that Sharon did not feel any sorrow on loss of 90000 human lives (including hundreds of ethnic Tibetans in this earthquake). If she is consistent with her principle and logic of humanity and liberty, she would agree that both Han Chinese and Tibetans suffered from totalitarian rule for tens of years. Can u imagine anyone else will scold North Koreans refugees as Karma of North Korean communism??

js m

June 23, 2008 10:53 PM

So, a month later there are hundreds of wild fires in California caused by lightning strikes, not to mention the tornadoes and floods in America's mid-west. And, then you have all those people with AIDs in America. I suppose that idiot Sharon Stone has some view regarding the role of karma in these disasters that have visited the U.S.
Could it be that white America must pay a karmic debt for declining to return all their lands to America's native peoples against whom they've performed a sort of "cultural genocide?"

ego

June 24, 2008 11:21 AM

Stone's comments where very stupid. The tibetian isue is very media-enhanced and many celebrities, as do the common people, are victims of disinformation, of course there is something wrong going on, still, i believe many of the known "facts" are in fact "fiction"(what?). If the Dalailama was not such a public figure, would you care? so we really know the real situation behind all these Hollywood faces?
what if some indigenous person came from central America to expose genocide that went on in the 80's, with military help from the us? would u have an opinion?
wait that did happen!, the Peace Nobel Price winner Rigoberta Menchu denounced the Genocide that went on in the early 80's in Guatemala (yes, genocide, like in the holocaust), yet nobody cares. Lets be conscious, there is a lot of shit going on in the world, many of which is on our governments conscience , so should we pay? should children in china pay for a government's "oppression"? an, to you mis Stone, how's your karma?

Singha

August 13, 2008 4:26 PM

Does anyone know whether Sharon Stone, the has-been actress, in Beijing to watch the Olympic game? I guess not, she and Spielberg must watch it on DVD :-(

Sharon must have lost millions of $$$ in advertisement in China and possibly in movies roles since her movies could be banned in China after nasty comment. Well, karma indeed

Sharon "Bitch" Stone

August 18, 2008 8:14 PM

The day is not far off when Sharon Stone's own country i.e. the US of A will get it's own karmic retribution for the countless atrocities committed at home and abroad. Such as the usurping of the native population of America. The enslavement of the blacks. The discrimination and mistreatment of asian minorities as well as the wars in Korea and Vietnam and countless other proxy wars that were sponsored by America all over the world.

Americans should improve their own human right record first before telling others how to live according to human rights.

The dismal state of American society and of America as a whole is proof of a nation on the brink of economic and moral collapse.

It's ironic how the most decadent and debaucherous people on earth dare to dictate and preach virtue to others.

Chinese Dragon + Russian Grizzly Bear = America's worst nightmare

September 7, 2008 2:00 PM

America will never back down from it's constant harassament of China until China demonstrates it's hard military power. Until now China has been advancing it's interests through soft power but the bully never backs down until given a bloody nose. Even the greatest patience has a limit.

All it took was a stern warning from a PLA general telling the Americans that China's nuclear missiles have the reach and capability to blow the whole of America to Kingdom Come which made the pompous yankees pee in their pants.

The debacle that America and it's allies suffered in Georgia at the hands of Russia provides furthur proof of America's increasing ineptness in world affairs.

Instead of hurling undue criticism at others, especially at China, Americans should practice some humility themselves.

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