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Sharon Stone Banned For China Earthquake 'Bad Karma' Comment

China's cinemas have banned films featuring Sharon Stone after she said the recent devastating earthquake may have been as a result of "bad karma".

UME Cineplex, one of the China's biggest cinema chains, has instigated the ban after Stone suggested that the May 12 earthquake was a result of bad karma over the government's treatment of Tibet.

"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," Stone said Thursday during a Cannes Film Festival red-carpet interview. "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 founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers called Stone's comments 'inappropriate', and said actors should not mix personal politics with a natural disaster that has left millions of Chinese homeless.

In the brief interview, 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."

You can see video of her making the comments below:

May 28, 2008 |

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