by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes
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After Steven Spielberg made the decision to pull his participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (based on China’s iffy commitment to helping end the crisis in Darfur), we all wondered what the reaction might be. As expected, the Chinese were none too pleased — though the government has been mum. Instead, it’s the state-controlled media that’s had a field day with Speilberg’s decision; calling the move ‘naive’ and ‘unreasonable’. In other words, they’re embarrassed and Speilberg’s action has done exactly what he hoped it would: draw more attention to China’s lack of involvement in the Darfur crisis. From the article,

“China often uses its newspapers to make statements it does not want to officially comment on. But the issue also has exploded on the Internet, where scores of Chinese have been quick to add their criticism of Spielberg. ‘We should have never invited him in the first place,’ was one retort on, the country’s largest Internet portal. Others asked why China’s Olympic Games were being linked to Darfur. ‘Spielberg used the sacred Olympics as a tool. There are so many simpler or more complicated issues than the Darfur issue in the world,’ one said. ‘I rarely heard him say anything. Why was he so keen this time?’”

There are so many simpler or more complicated issues? Could you be any more vague or insensitive? Obviously, the fact that over 200,000 people have died in this conflict is a mere blip on this person’s radar of world events.

I commend Spielberg for making the decision he has. China’s humanitarian record is still dismal — and they have to understand that just because they’re hosting a sports event does not mean the rest of the world should mask criticism of even greater importance. Give Steve the gold and give these guys a cup to catch their tears.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Moair

    Considering US involvement in covert wars around the world, maybe Mr. Spielberg should stop being a US citizen, if he really cares that much.

  • Donna

    the hypocrisy is huge i agree, however China is directly responsible for funding the atrocities in Dafur, and putting pressure on them in any way is good. go spielberg! please put your own pressure on our government and vote for peace and real change when you exercise your democratic rights in the next election. peace it works!-donna