I remember several “brouhahas” over the last few years concerning some Christian religious leaders making comments about severe weather, HIV and even September 11, suggesting that it was “God’s punishment” for perceived flaws in American social life. Boy, oh boy, did the media go mad over that!
Although she has had to backtrack and apologize for her comments, I didn’t see anywhere near the same response to Sharon Stone’s suggestion that China’s devastating earthquakes, which killed an enormous population might be “karma,” because China is “not nice to Tibetans.” First of all, the average Chinese person has no power to dictate foreign concerns, much less their own domestic situation. Has anybody lately looked at their form of government? Anyone whining about “disenfranchisement” of voting privileges in America should visit China for a year – and make sure that the 50% of deployed military’s ballots are actually counted for a change.
To suggest that God or karma wiped out innocent people, because He is unhappy with their government’s international political position is, in my never to be humble opinion, blasphemous, and phenomenally insensitive and disgusting.
Christian Dior has dropped spokeswoman Stone from their advertisements in China, and has also apologized to its customers there. But, I imagine, because she is a popular, liberal, Hollywood type, with great facial bone structure, she will not be feeling the negative impact of her own “karma” for very long.