Cameron Diaz Apologizes for Offensive Handbag

June 25, 2007

Cameron Diaz apologized yesterday for carrying a bag with an offensive political slogan on it. The green messenger bag (see photo above) had a red star and the words “Serve the People” in Chinese. She wore the bag on Friday, when she visited Peru’s Machu Picchu. The phrase is that of late Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong, and it offended Peruvians who are still recovering from the Maoist Shining Path Insurgency of the 80’s and early 90’s in which 70,000 people died.

Cameron released the following statement:

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended,” Diaz said Sunday in a statement e-mailed to the AP. “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.”

Note to Cam: Make sure you have an interpreter with you when you make purchases like that…

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