While being interviewed at the Cannes film festival, Sharon Stone shared some candid words on her reactions to the Sichuan earthquake, which to date is estimated to have killed more than 80,000 (including confirmed fatalities and those missing) and left millions homeless. I would strongly urge everyone to listen for yourself at this YouTube link. The following is a transcript I took down from the video clip as precisely as possible. The capitalized words reflect her own emphasized tones.
[EDITED to break the transcript into more readable parts]
Sharon Stone: … Well you know it was very interesting because at first, you know, I am not happy about the ways the Chinese were treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that because I don’t like THAT.
And I had been this, you know, concerned about, oh how should we deal with the Olympics because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine.
And all these earthquake and stuff happened and I thought: IS THAT KARMA? When you are not nice that bad things happen to you.
And then I got a letter, from the Tibetan Foundations that they want to go and be helpful. And that made me cry. And they ask me if I would write a quote about that and I said, “I would.” And it was a big lesson to me, that some times you have to learn to put your head down and be of service even to people who are not nice to you. And that’s a big lesson for me.
There are many (very) angry comments left by viewers at the YouTube. I will attach just one sample, which is written in Chinese by ivyagree.
悲愤！这就是所谓诺贝尔和平奖获得者达赖喇嘛的追随者，受灾的人有羌族、藏族、汉族，死伤的是活生生的老百 姓，地震这样的自然灾难她居然能跟政治搅在一起？还能用上”有趣”的字眼。 我要诅咒莎朗斯通，让这个世界撕心裂肺的事情跟她家沾上关系，跟她所热爱和愿意追随的所谓”朋友”沾上关系 ，把受伤和失去亲人的灾民所受的苦难统统给予这个女人吧，你们讲究轮回，好吧，一辈子你是消受不起了，就让 苦难追随着你的轮回，一世又一世。。。
Anger and disgust! So this is a follower of the so called Nobel Peace Prize winner Dalai Lama. The victims include Qiang, Tibetan and Han people. The dead and injured are real and ordinary citizens. How could politics be mixed up with a natural disaster like earthquake? And to describe the tragedy with the word “interesting”! I curse Sharon Stone. Let all the heartbreaking events in this world be linked to her family; to all these she love and “friends” she would follow. Let all the suffering of the injured and those who lost loved ones be passed to this woman. You believe in karma? OK, one life is not enough for you to pay back. Let the pains follow you through your reincarnations, over and over …
As for my reaction, I probably would not go that far. Here is my message for Sharon Stone: Please do not ever try to be of service to me because, you know, when you put your head down, I might be tempted to knock something really heavy and hard on it.
And here is a message for Dalai Lama: You should be careful about the friends you keep. Either they reflect a lot about who you are, or they are not being particularly helpful for your cause.
PS: Perhaps this would not come as a surprise anymore. If you search the Google news with terms such as “Sharon Stone China earthquake” or alike, and you won’t find any news media reporting, let alone commenting, on her disgusting words.
[EDITED TO ADD] Please also check out this post at The New Voice, which addresses the same subject with some nice comments. [FURTHER EDITED TO ADD] The New Voice just followed up with a post specifically addressing some readers’ defense of Sharon Stone by pointing to the last part of her speech. I completely share the same view as described in The New Voice, and couldn’t have put it any better myself.
[UPDATE] Please note that a day after the posting of this entry, Google News is now returning many results when queried about Sharon Stone and earthquake. I am also happy to note that at least one of them, the Shanghaiist, was based on this very entry.