Steven Spielberg – he broke my heart. Well, not literally nor am I that weep-ass tearjerker about it. I am a great fan of so many Spielberg movies but it sort of puts my mind at unease when Spielberg proved himself as just another Hollywood asshole when he announced to “withdraw as the artistic advisor to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing“.
Spielberg said the decision came as the Chinese government would not do anything to stop the worsening crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
Pure American double standard! If Chinese government is not doing anything about Darfur, neither is your government.
Quote: “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual. At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur. Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more.”
Reports say that, China is the key suppliers of weapons to Sudan and as of 2006, more than 2.5 million people have been displaced and over 200,000 killed in five years of fighting between African rebels and government troops. On the other hand, China claims the report as “groundless” and “with ulterior motives” and denies that it has broken the U.N. arms embargo. China claims it is instead the US, UK, Russia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway who are the key suppliers of weapon in Sudan, Africa and around the world.
Depends on how the world sees it, all these years the US government has not done anything to stop the worsening crisis in Iraq/Afghanistan, I wonder what Spielberg would do. Spielberg is concerned about Darfur but how about how his country which is one of the biggest producers and suppliers of weapons? Will he renounce America? Where are the Native Americans? Would he boycott the USA itself?
Spielberg’s decision can not be out of a pure humanitarian heart at all. His portrayal of concern for humanity is all but a sham, underneath which lies the American all-out-effort to disrupt the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Spielberg should have kept himself away from this politics. Whatever the fact or claims are, Spielberg’s double standards, in the mean time, may not do any harm to China but it would certainly harm Hollywood’s market in China.
“American eyes, American eyes
View the world from American eyes
Bury the past, rob us blind
And leave nothing behind”
(No Shelter, RATM)
Yes, for the Tibetan refugees, the Olympic Games has become a great platform to grab’s international media’s attention on China’s policy regarding Tibet.
Sadly for other “opportuni$t$”, “hypocrite$” and so called “human right$ activi$t$”, the same has given a crooked opportunity to lash out on China.