"Why should we be nice to an old Tibetan Lama whose whole life has been exploited by Western powers to break up our motherland?" one student in Beijing asked us in an email to China.org.cn.
True, Chinese people, Sharon Stone’s "bad guys", have invested billions in the past decades in building temples, schools, hospitals, high-ways, railways, and other infrastructure, in order to improve the living standards of ethnic Tibetan Chinese, build a better and more harmonious society in the Himalayan region, and bring an end to the old serf system represented by the Dalai Lama and his fellow members of the privileged class.
Chinese people have no reason to be "kind" to an exiled religious politician, Sharon Stone’s "good friend", who has done nothing for his homeland in his lifetime. Nothing but try desperately, along with his henchmen and some Tibetan activists and groups, to separate the Tibet Autonomous Region from China. Nothing but mastermind and control from afar the Lhasa riot on March 14 which took the lives of 18 innocent civilians.
She has chosen her side on this sensitive issue, and no wonder the Chinese people have little tolerance for her nonsense.
On June 3, two citizens of Kunming, Yunnan Province, submitted a complaint to a local court, claiming that Sharon Stone's "ridiculous remarks" violated the Chinese Constitution, as well as Criminal and Civil laws, constituting a crime of insult. They asked the Court to order her to observe a 3-minute silence of condolence for those who died in the earthquake, and to provide an oral and written apology as well as US $9 million in compensation for emotional damages which will be donated to quake victims later. But the case is essentially symbolic.
Chris D. Nebe, the president of Monarex Hollywood Corporation and creator of the acclaimed and award-winning Mysterious China series, has also written an open letter to Sharon Stone, saying: "The deplorable remarks regarding the earthquake in China made by Sharon Stone deeply offend and sadden me. While we should not take the disgusting utterances of a fading celebrity too seriously, behind it all lurks an ugly anti-Chinese bias in the Western media."
"Hopefully, Sharon Stone's remarks are not a reflection of the general state of mind in Hollywood and America", he added.
Since the incident, Christian Dior’s Chinese office has distanced itself from the actress’s remarks and removed all her images from Dior products on sale in China. The Chinese movie industry and the general public have called for a boycott of the star.
After Sharon Stone had told the New York Times that she wasn’t going to apologize for the sake of some face creams, and argued that the apology issued by Dior China distorted her words for damage control, she issued a statement to CNN Saturday via her publicist, "I could not be more regretful of that mistake. It was unintentional. I apologize. Those words were never meant to be hurtful to anyone. They were an accident of my distraction and a product of news sensationalism."