China bans Sharon Stone films after controversial comments
China’s biggest theatre company has banned the showing of Sharon Stone’s films after she last week suggested that China’s devastating earthquakes could have resulted from bad karma over the country’s treatment of Tibet.
In an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, Sharon told a reporter from Hong Kong’s Cable Entertainment News: ‘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?’
Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, called Stone’s comments ‘inappropriate’.
UME has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, China’s biggest urban movie markets.
During the brief interview, which has also surfaced on YouTube, Stone also said she cried when she received a letter from the Tibetan Foundation asking her to help quake victims.
‘They wanted to go and be helpful, and that made me cry,’ she said. ‘It was a big lesson to me that sometimes you have to learn to put your head down and be of service even to people who aren’t nice to you.’
Stone’s representatives have yet to comment.