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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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# 1

Wow…just wow.

# 2

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

# 3

SOOOOOO does not surprise me! lol

# 4

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 !!!

# 5

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

# 6

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….

# 7

…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….

# 8

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.

# 9

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 @ 06/25/2007 at 1:33 pm

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 @ 06/25/2007 at 1:46 pm

” she was the class best in High School”


she didn’t even finish the high school

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.

any TICKS threads today?

LOL at Cam fan @ 06/25/2007 at 2:24 pm

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.

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 @ 06/25/2007 at 2:42 pm


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. :)

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.

I wanna give her ass a slap !!!

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

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.

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

Scooby Doo @ 06/25/2007 at 4:46 pm

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?

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.

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!!!

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

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