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"Cameron, come back! Your purse! It’s a cookbook!"
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Saturday, June 23, 2007

Via, Tim Blair, I see that Cameron Diaz embarassed herself with some inappropriate Commie Chic:
Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru. ... [She] may have inadvertently offended Peruvians who suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring here Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong's favorite political slogans.

... Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words "Serve the People" printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.
"Serve the People". Heh. As fans of the Twilight Zone know, that sentiment can be taken more than one way.

 
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Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru. ... [She] may have inadvertently offended Peruvians who suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring here Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong’s favorite political slogan
Everyone should give her a pass, m’kay? After all, knowing about Maoist slogans or Mao himself isn’t important to her everyday life. Most people don’t have (or care about) detailed knowledge of these things. Besides, she never vetted the bag personally, one of her staff handed it to her w/o really checking it over. As long as she ditched the bag for another one within 3 hours, we should overlook this faux pas, and in fact, praise her and her staff for their speedy correction. It’s amusing to see the people of Peru blow this minor incident up into something bigger. Such comedy!


 
Written By: Shark
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You know, Shark, I do think some people are a wee bit bitter about Pelosi’s staff getting caught with their pants down.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The ugly American.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Her other bag was a tad too formal for casual use; you know, the black leather one with silver trim and that funny looking cross thingy and the words "Strength Through Joy".
 
Written By: timactual
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Heh.

We’ve gone from limousine liberals to celebrity Communists.
 
Written By: TallDave
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Why was it "inadvertantly?" She knew it was a Maoist communist slogan, no?

She just didn’t realize that communism isn’t cool in some countries.

If she has a "arbeit macht frei" bag would anyone say it was inadvertant.
 
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"Serve the People" - 21st century translator - "Sell the Handbags"
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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"She knew it was a Maoist communist slogan, no?"

Do not underestimate the ignorance of history in Hollywood(or anywhere in the US for that matter). When college students mistake quotes from Marx as excerpts from the US Constitution, why would she necessarily know it was a Maoist slogan, or even if she did, what makes you think that she would know who Mao was?

"If she has a "arbeit macht frei" bag would anyone say it was inadvertant."

Most people wouldn’t recognize it, particularly if it was in English.



 
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She’s apologized...

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=paDiazMon03Diazbag&show_article=1
"I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended," Diaz said in a statement. "The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realise the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it."
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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I did not realise the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it
IOW, "I had no idea Mao was not universally loved."
 
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I guess it was just a fashion statement that said too much.
 
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I wonder what Mao would say?
 
Written By: TallDave
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I understand some oriental students in the US wear t-shirts that say "White people can’t read this" in their native language.
 
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