Saturday, June 23, 2007

And the Lost In Translation Dummy Award Goes To...

Cameron Diaz. Hey Cameron, why don't you just take this to a PETA convention?

Associated Press

Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru. The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated "Shrek" films 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.
While explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru's Andes, 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.

While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru, where the Maoist Shining Path insurgency brought Peru to edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.

Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.
Ms. Diaz. That' s as dumb as a bag with a republican slogan on it, and a big picture of George Bush's face.
Stop assuming you know stuff.


Inkblot said...

I think the trend to wear clothing with words and symbols on it promotes many to buy things just because they like the way they look. Many people don't care to know what the words and symbols they wear mean. I know I have committed this crime once or twice. Our culture simply promotes the ignorance. How depressing.

jedimasterbooboo said...

I'm laughing a little bit here, because I posted this like I was on a jihad, but I've done the same thing. Live and learn. There's just something about CD that bugs.