Stone's remarks trigger Chinese boycott


Sharon Stone is facing a boycott of her films in China after she suggested that the devastating May 12 earthquake there could have been the result of bad karma.

Stone's remarks, made Thursday at the Festival de Cannes, pondered a link between the earthquake — which to date has taken the lives of more than 65,000 — and China's treatment of ethnic Tibetans and their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

"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 in an interview with Cable Entertainment News of Hong Kong. "And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma?"

Her remarks were called "inappropriate" by Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, who said his company would not show the actress' films. (partialdiff)