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Cameron Diaz Apologizes to Peru

Cameron Diaz Apologizes to Peru

Cameron Diaz sported a bag with the Maoist slogan “Serve the People” while sightseeing in Peru on Friday, not realizing the painful memories it would invoke. The famous political slogan was by Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong and “has particular relevance in Peru where the Maoist Shining Path insurgency almost brought Peru to edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s.”

The Shrek star was touring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at the time with Sol Guy, an MTV Canada Host.

In a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on sunday, Cameron said she’s sorry for the slogan’s “potentially hurtful nature” and wishes Peruvians “for their continued healing.”

Here’s what the email said: “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. 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.”

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  • Sarah

    Wow…just wow.

  • Jill

    People make mistakes but I think Cameron is an idiot anyhow.

  • Get Real

    SOOOOOO does not surprise me! lol

  • Dieter

    Cameron is a wonderful person who know´s what right and what´s not, she made a mistake but it wasn´t her fault: you can´t know everything, especially if you are working hard on the environment and on your career as she does. God bless her and her amazing butt !!!

  • Mmmmm

    No wonder Brad is wearing his hat, Cameron has it on .. Ugh!

  • http://shoegal.efx2.com/ Shoegal

    Mistakes happen.
    Somehow I don`t believe any of you knew about this part of history before but you`re ready to comment and shake your heads in misbelief….

  • EvilLynn

    …and people wonder why the rest of the world can’t stand Americans…..

    Not only is this actress an idiot who hasn’t the slightest PASSING ACQUAINTANCE with anything that even vaguely resembles intelligence or an education, she also manages to offend while being completely ignorant. The blonde-bimbo exacta!

    She’s like those people who get “deeply meaningful” Kanji or Hindi tattoos that REALLY say things like “drunk” or “easy” instead of “shining light of the world” or whatever the tattoo artist told them….

  • Award

    Perhaps she wishes to win a Darwin award. 70,000 Peruvians died under the Mao regime. What she did equates to someone wearing a t-shirt in NYC saying something like “Yay for 9/11, down with America”. She has apologized? I have to see that apology myself but somehow I can’t imagine her being sincerely sorry. She never apologizes for anything.

  • Dieter

    Cameron has about the highest IQ of any Hollywood actress including Sharon Stone (and she has a wonderful tight butt for those who haven´t noticed yet) – she was the class best in High School. The same goes for Nicole Kidman who even advertises Nintendo´s brain games now !!!

  • Ace Tomato

    Intelligence and education are not the same thing.

    It is hard to imagine anyone over 25 not knowing who Chairman Mao was. Even so, where the heck are her handlers? Isn’t someone paid to keep her from making an idiot out of herself on an international scale?

    Ah well. The apology is way too smarmy. She should have been honest and just said, “Wow, bought it for the kitschy red star and had no idea. So sorry.”

  • angelinammm

    ” she was the class best in High School”

    eh?

    she didn’t even finish the high school

  • Dieter

    I don´t if she finished – of course she had to work to earn her living – but before she finished I heard she was one of the best, if not the best! I think she says very clever things usually, and so do Nicole Kidman and Gisele Bundchen. The silliest celebs around is Heidi Klum.

  • [Famous]

    any TICKS threads today?

  • LOL at Cam fan

    According to a fan on this thread, her tight butt makes up for everything she does. She is perceived to be intelligent and educated because she has a tight butt. What she did in Peru is totally okay because she has a tight butt. So maybe she should’ve mooned the Peruvians with her tight butt to show how sorry she was?

    She was insensitive. If you say she is intelligent and knows what’s right and wrong, then are you saying she knew exactly what she was doing and sending a little “f*ck you guys” to the people of the country she was visiting?This is another example that the kind of fans celebrities attract is a reflection of the celebrities themselves.

  • Dieter

    I´m so happy you understood me – I did not expect that. Yes, her butt rules. She has a tight butt, hasn´t she?

  • LOL at Cam fan

    :lol:

    She must be so proud to have fans like you! Good for her! Score, Cam!! You rule (in the opinion of your fan here). Keep working on that butt to keep your fans happy. As for your question, her butt doesn’t look special to me. But it does go beautifully with her pancake face. :)

  • isabel

    well of course everyone makes mistakes and it’s true that not everyone has to know about peruvian history.
    But the thing here is that cameron went to Perú with a canadian tv show about new or young community leaders or something like this.
    so if you are going to talk about leaders , and communities at least you should know what you are talking about specially if we consider the fact that this new leaders topic is very related to peruvian history and the sendero luminoso conflict.

  • Dieter

    I wanna give her ass a slap !!!

  • EvilLynn

    Dieter, if you slapped her a.s.s, you’d more than likely end up with pimple-pus all over your palm, darling…

  • EZ

    relax people. people in Peru didn’t really care about it. She was on the cover of every paper and the’bag’ incident wasn’t even mentioned. They were just happy to have her there. Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing places in the world and it looks like she enjoyed it.

  • janine

    wow, i can’t believe that woman (cameron) got to bang justin timberlake for 4 years. justin has the worst taste.

  • Scooby Doo

    I’m glad she apologized, but I hope they won’t hold a grudge against her. Really, how many people from the USA knew that?

  • V

    i don’t know anything about peru’s history, all i know is that i enjoy peruvian food every now and then. the bag is cute and the message is a good one. she didn’t know about the history either and i’m sure most of you didn’t as well. no need to crucify, what matters is that she apologized.

  • clau

    i’m from Peru but i truly understand that it wasn’t cameron’s intention to offend us. but 4 the next time, it would be better if she’ll read more about countries history in order to be informed and not make mistakes like this.
    By the way, please!!! vote 4 machupichu in order to be one of the new 7 wonders of the entire world. help us and come to visit!!!
    u won’t regret it!!!

    http://www.new7wonders.com/

  • Didi

    how thick is she? when you go to a country you learn a little about their history and some significant do’s and donts. she’s just a perfect example of why the world can’t stand americans. f*ck you diaz

  • ROSS MARIA

    I AM OF PERU

    CAMERON MY COUNTRY GAVE A GREAT WELCOME YOU
    WERE EVEN GOING TO YOU TO NAME GUEST ILLUSTRATES AND YOUR WITH YOUR STUPID PURSE OF MAOIST YOU ATREVÉS TO OFFEND TO US WE DO NOT WANT THAT IN PERU THEY RECEIVE PEOPLE LIKE YOUR THAT SINGLE MAKE THIS TO HAVE A LITTLE PUBLICITY WITHOUT MATTERING WHAT THE PAIN A AS GOOD TOWN THINKS PEOPLE SUPERFICIALLY HAPPENING AS MINE. AND COVERALL WITH A GREAT CULTURE WE DO NOT WANT TO YOU, OUTSIDE OUR CAMERON COUNTRY DIAZ…

  • daniel m

    SALT OF PERU, CAMERON DIAZ, JUMPS OF MACHU PICCHU. WE DO NOT WANT TO YOU EITHER WE WANT THAT YOU RETURN… SINGLE BEAMS THIS BY YOUR STUPID RACE THAT THIS IN DECAY TO YOU DOES NOT CONCERN ANYTHING TO YOU JUMPS OF PERU

  • essie

    “Wow, bought it for the kitschy red star and had no idea. So sorry.” – Ace Tomato

    LOL so funny because it’s TRUE!!!!

  • Lori

    I for one didn’t know anything about Peru’s history before this blunder happened, so no hating here, cameron. the bag isn’t ugly so maybe she’ll just wear it around china or somewhere else that it doesn’t remind people of a mass killing.

  • why the hell didn’t they just say so to her face?

    You know? Damn people, no wonder this shit happened to you if you can’t even speak up. Look at her guide, what? He’s not from Peru?Sheeeesh.

  • Yoyo

    This is so making a mountain out of a molehill and it is highly doubtful that there is a molehill at all. So everyone in Peru reads Chinese now? because the five characters on the bag are Chinese which reads Serve the People. Why is that offensive?! Yes, Peru lost a lot of people to insurgency problem but that is hardly the fault of Cameron Diaz, much less her bag. Just rightwing propaganda.

  • steph

    those bags can be purchased at like every tourist trap in china, they’re souvenirs thats meant be to sort of a joke with a slight mocking quality(the series also include communist apparel, mao watches, hats, mugs, stationery etc etc . nobody takes it seriously, what a freakin overreaction

  • black

    My god……..what idiots.

  • daniel m

    THE PURSE DE CAMERON IS OF TERRORISTS, AND POINT THE SHINING PATH PONIAN PHRASES OF EQUAL RED COLOR TO THE ONE DE CAMERON ONCE HACIAN ITS SLAUGHTER TO EXTREMELY POOR PEOPLE AND WHEN I SAY THIS TO THEM IS SO THAT CAMERON TRUTH MADE REMEMBER THAT PART OF OUR HISTORY THAT IS VERY LAMENTABLE AND PAINFUL WE DO NOT WANT THAT YOU RETURN TO PERU, CAMERON TO YOU DIAZ YOU ARE A VERGUENZA SO THAT YOU KNOW IN WHERE YOU WALK WE WANT THAT YOU NEVER RETURN…. STUPID WOMAN AND OF FEW FEELINGS

  • MARITZA fraco

    the Diaz cameron you are a badly representing one you are a stupid idiot dog, you are not only a threat for any country that has a culture, not only to Peru but all Latin America you are repugnant I believe that and I forget to you of where you are your and what eras before being actress of holliwood it seems that I forget that to you. .cameron Diaz you are one anyone.

  • Peruvians must be cowards

    IF THIS BAG WAS SO INSULTING AND OFFENSIVE, WHY DIDN’T A PERUVIAN WALK UP TO HER (you know, like her guide) AND INFORM CAMERON OF THIS MISTAKE TO HER FACE? NOT LET HER WALK AROUND ALL DAY WITH IT ON, THEN BITCH AND COMPLAIN AFTER SHE’S GONE.

    IN ALL THE PICTURES I’VE SEEN HERE AND ELSEWHERE, ALL YOU PERUVIANS ARE JUST SMILING AWAY…..(know wonder this horror happened in Peru) SPEAK UP, FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

  • ale

    gosh you know most peruvians didn’t even cared about it..not because they dont care about the shinning path history but simply because no once noticed..she was all voer the newspapers and no one mentioned the bag..its only foreign newspapers that did

  • Jonathan

    Know what you wear.

  • DAn

    The bag WAS on the papers and people DID care. They were truly offended. You think this was like a t-shirt with the WTC buildings and a plane crashing into them? It’s nothing like that, americans had to deal with 1 day under attack. Peruvians had to deal with 15 years under siege, so don’t dare to compare both situations.

  • Joanna

    I know she didn’t do it on purpose, Carmen had an awesome time in Peru. I am Peruvian and don’t feel offended in anyway.We love you Carmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NorskeDiv

    The real problem here is the stupid trend of wearing Che or Maoist crap. Don’t wear a Wehrmacht Knapsack, don’t wear a Maoist handbag. I mean, she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a T-Shirt glorifying Ronald Reagan or George Bush (hardly anyone in Hollywood would do that). But it’s A.OK to sport Maoist or Communist junk? Strange.

    Sure, I didn’t know about the shining Path or the History of Maoism in south America. But in General I have enough sense not to wear fashion items which scream an ideological message when travelling around the world. I support the war in Afghanistan and a strong US military, but when I travel I don’t go around yelling at people why I think the war in Afghanistan is right. I don’t wear a US military jacket everywhere (though I do own one and it’s quite nice).

    Why is it that the ideological significance of communist stuff is lost on so many people in Hollywood? I suppose there is some upshot, it pretty clearly demonstrates there is no blacklist banning communists in modern day Hollywood. If anything, blithe acceptance of communism seems endemic.

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