Saturday, June 23, 2007

Peru vs. Cameron Diaz

Diaz's bag with Maoist slogan raises ire

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.

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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.

A prominent Peruvian human rights activist said the star of "There's Something About Mary" should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.

"It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims," said Pablo Rojas about the bag's slogan. "I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology" did so much damage.

[*Whether she meant it or not, it's still her fault and she must be punished for it. -- Coco LaRue*]


S.K. said...

its like those Che Guerra t-shirts.

one person fashion statement is anothers political manifesto.

Coco LaRue said...

Exactly. Except Che was a cutie -- especially as played by Antonio Banderas!

beautyinbaltimore said...

I think she had that bag as a sign of her hipness but it came back to bite her in the ass.
Unfortanley(sp), a lot of our celebrities are not well read and this is why they make mistakes like this.

Coco LaRue said...

Yep. People need to consider their actions a little more. *SMH*