Chinese cinema chain bans Sharon Stone’s films after insensitive comments

The Chinese now have one small bit of light in their otherwise dark world right now: they will no longer have to watch Sharon Stone films. Okay technically they will no longer be able to watch Sharon Stone films – but really, if you’ve ever tried to sit through one of her fine performances, you realize it’s not something any rational person would choose to do. One of China’s largest movie theater chains has banned her films, refusing to show them after her insensitive comments implying the devastating Chinese earthquakes were the result of bad karma.

The 50-year-old actress suggested last week that the devastating May 12 earthquake in China could have been the result of bad karma over the government’s treatment of Tibet. That prompted the founder of one of China’s biggest cinema chains to say his company would not show her films in his theaters, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.

Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, called Stone’s comments “inappropriate”. UME has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, China’s biggest urban movie markets.

During the brief interview, which has also surfaced on YouTube, 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.”

“To Sharon Stone’s comment, it’s unlikely that we will respond,” said a woman who answered the phone at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing. She refused to give her name or position. After-hours phone calls and email to a representative for Stone were not immediately returned Tuesday night.

[From the Daily Mail]

I’m not quite sure how to interpret the second part of Stone’s comments, where she mentions getting a letter from the Tibetan Foundation. That part wasn’t quoted in any of the articles that came out in the last few days. You could argue that she’s praising the Tibetans and nothing more, or you could argue that it slightly mitigates the inflammatory nature of the first part of her comments (while still not making them appropriate). But it still was an incredibly unwise and thoughtless thing to say.

The Internet Movie Database shows that Stone has five movies coming out within the next two years. Generally speaking, movies recoup their costs in the U.S. and make their profits overseas. The Chinese market is very important – in fact Stone was a guest at the Shanghai International Film Festival last year. It makes you think she must not have that big a problem with the Chinese treatment of Tibet, since she’s willing to chill with them when it furthers her career. Regardless, if other theaters follow the lead of UME Cineplex as expected, it could dramatically affect her future film’s profits.

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Here’s Sharon Stone at the Che premiere at Cannes on May 21st. Images thanks to PR Photos.

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  1. geronimo says:


  2. Bellatrix says:

    As much as I dislike Sharon Stone and have never been able to sit through any of her movies (you are thus quite right on spot regarding that particular matter, JayBird), I don’t believe that censure is the answer at all.

    If the Chinese people feel offended by her comments and decide to keep these in mind for the future, then they will simply not go so the movies she stars in and show their protest in a rightful way.
    Let the people lead the way… Ole.
    No need to add that a boycott is much more effective and spoken of than a ban. At least, no one can blame the cinema chain’s decision: it would be everybody’s (well every Chinese) choice.

  3. KRIS says:

    yes, karma…

  4. geronimo says:

    Bellatrix – I understand where you’re coming from re the ban ie. there’s quite enough censorship around as it is – but I’d make an exception in Stone’s case. Hit her where it’s guaranteed to hurt.

  5. cc says:

    Insert various karma jokes (here)

  6. AC says:

    she looks like lindsay lohan… but younger.

  7. Pont Neuf says:

    I’m not entirely sure that this is a positive thing. After all, isn’t fine, sublime art the very source of enlightenment and spiritual development in this world? And that’s exactly what Sharon Stone’s Sarah Bernhardt-sized performances are: (f)art.

    JayBird, by reading your disparaging comments, I can ascertain that you haven’t watched Miss Stone’s legendary and totally believable performances in masterpieces like ‘Total Recall’, ‘Sliver’ and the highest points in the history of cinema: ‘The Specialist’ and ‘Basic Instinct’.

    Now, seriously, I’m sure that the Chinese are grieving with greater intensity because they will no longer be able to rejoice at her leg-crossing, shower-kissing and naked-humping like the rest of us. 🙄

  8. BLA says:

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  9. velvet elvis says:

    Well it’s about time. Sharon Stone’s movies should have been banned long ago for extreme suckiness. The public should not have to be subjected to such cruel and unusual punishment like that.

  10. Devilgirl says:

    Has Sharon Stone even done any new movies that anyone would want to see? I am not sure if the chinese feel the same as I, but she is a terrible actress who one should never waste their money to go see.

  11. Jody says:

    I’m pretty sure that these happenings are completely coincidental and have nothing to do with comments, but solely based upon her being a shitty actress. Her people just put a better spin on it, better to have your words attacked than your craft, right?
    She is a total shitbag, you would think that surviving brain cancer (or whatever she had) might make her a bit more compassionate towards others.

  12. bros says:

    china limits the number of foreign films that can be shown legally in the country anyway. this almost certainly wont hurt her. most films are watched on pirated DVDs and VCDs anyway. this will only cut into the pirater’s bottom line as the populace will most likely boycott buying anymore of her work.

  13. vdantev says:

    *Insert something about Karma here too*

  14. VANNA says:


    = Karma means “deed” or “act”, is the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction that governs all life. Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny. If we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in THIS OR PREVIUS LIVES, all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.
    Since the chinese people have no spiritual education , of course they will not understand !
    Chinese people are one of the most evil people to animals, as the bilis bears, cats, dogs and animals for fur ! What they do is pure HORROR !They treat animals with total cruelty and even humans because they work so hard as slaves, have no freedon of speech and dont have humans rights. All this horror and pain they give to others comes back the same way.
    Dont think that if you hurt and is very cruel to an animal you will not suffer the same pain ! YOU WILL ! animals fell the same we do , love, afection, pain, fear, hurt ….
    Also china is one of the most causes for polution and global warming and this is the result, the planet is screaming because is being destroied !
    Sharon Stone and everybody else is free to think and say what they want !
    We have freedon of speech !
    = Of course is very sad what happened to the people in China. Everybody is broken heart about this situation.
    But it is karma and people have to understand that karma rules your life and is a universal law of action and reaction ! And we cannot scape from it ! This life is likened to a field in which our Karma is the seed. We harvest exactly what we sow !
    About the animals just check here
    many animals are Skinned alive too so look for : Bloody fur market in China ! and so much more , just go to search at the internet ! CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IN CHINA ! you will find hundreds of pictures, videos and more …

    China has a Culture of Cruelty to animals, a long history of animal abuse is in the spotlight as Chinese county indiscriminately massacres animals for ages …

    = if you do evil , evil will come to you
    = if you do good, good will come to you


  15. Sudi Kodimer says:

    To above comments made by VANNA. You really have a filthy mouth. You should be put to sleep along with your evil pet. Haha. Oh by the way, Sharon Stone is a big fur wearer. She should be put to sleep too.

  16. Gracie says:

    Insensitive? Gawd how I loathe that word.

    Rude? Perhaps. Mean? Perhaps. Stupid? Perhaps.

    Insensitive? Pfft.

  17. Raines says:

    To the comments that VANNA made, I’m shocked that for someone who cares so much about the lives of animals doesn’t give worth to HUMAN LIVES. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN THAT QUAKE? Do you mean to say that those schoolchildren deserved to die? Do you mean to say that they deserve to become orphans? Do you mean to say that their grieving parents got what was coming to them, losing their children?? Because they SKINNED ANIMALS?

    You obviously don’t know when to voice your opinions. Innocent people have died and you think that it is appropriate to say that it’s because they skinned animals are pollute their environment.

    Obviously you are like Sharon Stone…..rude, tactless and STUPID