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Monday, June 25

Give Cameron Diaz a break

MSNBC.com/AP Cameron Diaz says sorry for Mao bag

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.

How was Cameron Diaz supposed to know the meaning of the Chinese characters printed on her bag? Just because Mao said something does not make it wrong. John F. Kennedy said essentially the same thing. The dust got kicked up because she's a high-profile foreigner visiting the country and is under close scrutiny.


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