Humans Bad. Bush Evil. Mao A-Okay!

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Submitted by Jameson on Mon, 2007-06-25 02:58

Pro-Eco Anti-Bush Bubblehead Pisses Off Peruvians… or at least that’s the headline I would've submitted to the editor after Cameron Diaz, with a Mao bag slung on her shoulder, went on a sightseeing tour through a country torn apart by commie terrorists.

This succinct report from INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY:

Imagine wandering up to the Wailing Wall with a swastika printed on your handbag.

The Hollywood star Cameron Diaz has caused a similar level of offence to the people of Peru by sight-seeing at the ancient city of Machu Picchu wearing a bag emblazoned with the words of Chairman Mao.

The Chinese characters underneath a red star on her green canvas messenger bag say "Serve the People", a slogan imposed during China's Cultural Revolution.

Communist chic may be mildly popular among fashionistas in California, where Diaz lives, but it has a terrible resonance in Peru: Mao inspired the terrorist organisation the Shining Path, which sought to overthrow the Peruvian government with a long and bloody campaign of bombings, assassinations and massacres.

The insurgency petered out after the capture of the Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmán, who was sentenced to life in prison last year, but a few hundred fighters remain hidden in the jungle.

"The terrorist violence was terrible and people are still very scared that it is going to come back," said Charlie Smith, a human rights worker in Peru.

Although there was not much Shining Path fighting in Cuzco, where Diaz is staying, it was still "not a good idea" to carry the bag. "Things that are obviously Communist are going to frighten them."

A loud critic of President George Bush, Diaz is one of the eco-friendly stars offering advice on how to live responsibly in a new publication called The Green Book, out in the US this week.

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Hello, Hong...

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Nicely spotted! That does indeed add extra flavour to the wretched concoction!! Smiling

One thing I didn't see

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One thing I haven't seen mentioned anywhere is that the characters on the bag, translated to "Serve the people", are in Mao's very own handwriting. As Mao was highly accomplished in Chinese traditional arts (poetry, calligraphy, etc.), many of his decrees, slogans, and poems were published in their original hand-written forms, considered somewhat a work of art. So, that bag Diaz was carrying really has Mao's personal touch.

Meanwhile ...

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"You know what the difference is between Hillary Clinton and Tony Soprano? Tony Soprano goes to the strip club to get away from his spouse. Hillary goes to the strip club to find her spouse. ... " (Jay Leno)

Bubbleheads of the world unite

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Three more communista fashonistas:

a right royal dickhead; Kylie Minogue promoting the "Better Red than Bush" campaign; and Santana showing off at the Oscars...

Not that I don't believe you, Kenny...

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... but how so? - I mean, outside of her Hollywood humanitarianism.

Angelina Jolie is no better

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Angelina Jolie is another Hollywood altruist and is unfit to play Dagny Taggart in "Atlas Shrugged"

I will purchase a

I will purchase a Totalitarianism isn't cool shirt for her if someone finds me an address to send it to.


Islam insofar as it is directed by governments, and as a measure enforced from above by any government, is to be done away with.

Bubblehead apologizes, but still doesn’t get it…

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Diaz: "I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it.”

“Serve the People” may seem like an innocuous phrase to someone who’s terminally altruistic - or a natural blonde. However, the thing she’s missing is the awareness that it’s not Mao’s collectivist phrase that’s so hurtful but his whole fucking ideology; an ideology that spawned the Maoist Shining Path who terrorized Peru for more than a decade, assassinating, bombing and massacring more than 35,000; an ideology embodied in their declaration: ”For us, human rights are contradictory to the rights of the people, because we base rights in man as a social product, not man as an abstract with innate rights.”

As Peruvian human rights activist Pablo Rojas put it: "[the bag] alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims. I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology did so much damage.”

Pity his words will fail to make a fashion statement, and will instead be relegated to the margins of the world’s press.

Diaz: "I'm sorry for any people's pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country's history.”

That’s right, Bubbles, totalitarianism isn’t cool.

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