Karma? Stone Banned From Shanghai Fest

Organizers still fuming over star's quake gaffe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 8:00 AM CDT
Karma? Stone Banned From Shanghai Fest
American actress Sharon Stone waves on the red carpet prior to the opening ceremony of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival Saturday June 16, 2007, in Shanghai, China.    (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

(Newser) – Sharon Stone has been declared persona non grata at this year's Shanghai International Film Festival, reports the AP. Organizers said they will not be inviting the star, who attended last year, because of outrage over her recent comments suggesting the Sichuan earthquake was caused by bad "karma" linked to China's treatment of Tibetans. They have demanded an explanation and apology.

"We are not inviting her to the festival this year," a spokeswoman told AFP. "We are indignant. She should have respected Chinese people's feelings and showed some sympathy to those who suffered from the earthquake." (Read more Sharon Stone stories.)

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