Cameron Diaz is saying sorry today for a cultural faux pas related to her choice of purses. Last week she was photographed at Machu Pichu sporting a Maoist-themed bag which stirred up all kinds of emotions:
The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated “Shrek” films visited the Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru’s Andes on Friday carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the words “Serve the People” printed in Chinese, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s most famous political slogan.
The bags are marketed as fashion accessories in some world capitals, but in Peru the slogan evokes memories of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency that fought the government in the 1980s and early 1990s in a bloody conflict that left nearly 70,000 people dead.
Oops! Now Cammie’s saying she’s sorry:
“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,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.
“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,” she said.
Diaz also spoke of Peruvians’ beauty and warmth and said she wished “for their continued healing.
That’s what happens when you sport “political” stuff to be edgy without really understanding what’s behind it. Reminds me of the Target Che Guevara controversy.
Via / MSNBC.com
Image via CBC.ca/Karel Navarro/Associated Press