Cameron Diaz offends Peruvians

June 25th, 2007 // 155 Comments

Cameron Diaz visited Peru’s Machu Picchu last Friday and offended everybody there by carrying around a green bag with a red star and the phrase “Serve the People” in Chinese. Turns out the phrase is a slogan used by Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, and Peru has a history of communist insurgencies, including the Maoist Shining Path insurgency of the 1980s and early 1990s that left nearly 70,000 dead. A Peruvian human rights activist tells the AP:

“It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims. I don’t think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology did so much damage.”

On Sunday, Cameron apologized for her idiocy, emailing a statement to the AP:

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. 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.”

That’s what happens when you’re Cameron Diaz and stupid. I heard last month she wanted to visit Alabama wearing her new ghost costume, but at the last minute canceled and went to an Indian reservation wearing her cowboy outfit instead.



  1. jrzmommy

    Last time I checked, asshole, it was okay to disagree with others opinions…..what’s NOT okay is to execute, torture, imprison and force others to live under your rules for having opposing view points. Make sure you go ahead and throw the ever-predictable US in Iraq thing at me…..I’m not a big fat fucking fan of the war, so save your goddammed breath. So, fuck you.

    think that was enough obscenities for him?

  2. olive

    “what’s NOT okay is to execute, torture, imprison and force others to live under your rules for having opposing view points.”

    So, Guantanamo it’s not okay, and the war in Iraq trying to impose your lifestyle is not okay, and sponsoring all the military dictatorships in Latin America was not okay, and sponsoring the Talibans and later declare a war against them is not okay, etc.

    Nice to hear from you that almost all of the international policies of your country are not okay.

  3. jrzmommy

    Yes, Mao, atrocities brought on by Maoist and Marxist revolutions throughout history and shi’a and suni violence against each other are all things I alone have imagined. Next story time, I have a little fairy tale I made up called The Killing Fields.

  4. wedgeone

    Romanesqe – do I detect a whiff of bull dyke Birkenstock lesbian in the house again? Have you changed your name just because?

  5. olive

    “atrocities brought on by Maoist and Marxist revolutions throughout history and shi’a and suni violence against each other are all things I alone have imagined”

    No my dear, your stats… 78,000,000 people. You are hilarious.

    And assuming that the violence unleashed in Iraq after you invaded them is a product of spontaneous generation… I have no words for that.

  6. romanesqe

    No one disagreed with you JRZMOMMY!

    We ‘re just tired of listening to you.

  7. jrzmommy

    You say that like the terrorists in Guantanamo and the Taliban are good forces in the world. You are very confused.

    This bullshit PC notion that it’s NOT okay to be pissed off at regimes that want to annihilate innocent people is ridiculous. I’m not the one who wishes I could kill every innocent man, woman and child in an entire hemisphere because they don’t believe in the same religious or political ideals as me. It’s abnormal to NOT be offended and angered at oppression and terrorism.

  8. jrzmommy

    Okay then, all-knowing-one…..exactly how many lives did Mao’s regime destroy? You’re the expert here….educate us.

  9. olive

    “You say that like the terrorists in Guantanamo and the Taliban are good forces in the world. You are very confused.”

    Did I say that? You are going to have to take some reading lessons.

    I said that you also “execute, torture, imprison and force others to live under your rules for having opposing view points” and just throw some examples.

    By the way… nice move ignoring the sponsored military regimes and the Taliban, I want you to be my teacher!

  10. jrzmommy

    then don’t listen to me. See you have that freedom to skip over my comments. The government isn’t forcing you to read what I have to say.

  11. wowza

    I love how everyone has gone all out in trying to prove their knowledge of history, politics and generally debate such complicated issues ON A POST ABOUT CAMERON DIAZ ON A BITCHY GOSSIP SITE. Get a life people.

  12. jrzmommy

    And it’s up to you if you want to include the deaths from starvation Mao’s regime is responsible for. So YOU tell ME…..tell me what a great thing Mao’s movement was. Not just in China, but all over the world. Let’s hear your spin on this.

  13. wowza

    Oh all of you shut up please! Prentensious much?

  14. wowza

    Oh all of you shut up please! Pretensious much?

  15. jrzmommy

    I totally agree with taking out the Taliban. Absolutely 1,000% agree with taking out that regime for harboring terrorists and it’s crimes against it’s people. And you know what else? I’m glad Saddam Hussein was executed for his atrocities against people the same way that I wish we could take out the motherfuckers who sponsor the janjaweed in Darfur, the Apartheidists in South Africa and all the other sadistic fucking monsters out there. And I don’t give a shit what you or anyone else thinks about me for it.

  16. jrzmommy

    talk about pretentious… cool for discussions like this….or you just can’t keep up. Just wonderin’.

  17. olive

    Well my dear, the biggest massive genocide of the history is the killing between the Russians and Nazis in the 1942-1944 with 20 million people 8most of the Russian).

    The cultural revolution in China is not even close to that. Some historians estimate that during the internal war (and in internal wars there are usually killing between both sides) in China and adding the soldiers that were sent to defend Corea from your country (in which there were 1,200,000 deaths) you can count 8 million people.

    Of course, there are books that estimate 100 million people killed (they are even more hilarious than you).

    And of course we have your stats:

    Philippines- (1898-1910): 600,000 people.
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki – (1945) 217,137 and 70,000 respectively
    Korea (1950-1953): 3 millions
    Guatemala: (1961) 150,000 people.
    Indonesia: (l965) 1 million.
    Vietnam (1965-1975): 2 millions.
    Cambodia- (l969-75): 2 millions.
    Granada: (1983) US invasion 100 people.
    Panama: (1989) US invasion: 7,000 people.
    Irak (Gulf war): (1991) 100,000 people.
    Somalia: (1991) 300,000 people.

    That alone is something like 9 millions… courtesy of your nice and pacific country… that’s without considering the dictatorships that your country sponsored and the Afghanistan and Iraq current wars.

  18. wowza

    Wow, you are so sharp and witty. I hang my head in complete shame. I was merely suggesting that the most airheaded website on the net (which I completely enjoy by the way, I am in no way attacking the site) is possibly not the best place to be discussing politics and history, Unless the people on the intellectual forums are too fast for YOU, seeing as they don’t get all of their information off wikipedia and claim the intelligence as their own.

  19. olive

    The correct paragraph was:

    Well my dear, the biggest massive genocide of the history is the killing between the Russians and Nazis in the 1942-1944 with 20 million people (most of them of the Russian side).

  20. name

    Nice pants.

  21. jrzmommy

    Don’t forget the 14-20 million estimates for the Great Leap Forward in China….but OOPS, that’s just another imagined fact brought to you by Jrzmommy. It never happened. Unless Olive, world statistician, says it happened, it didn’t happen.

  22. jrzmommy

    yes, I get all of my information from Wikipedia. All of it. Every last straw. I bet you’re so fucking smart that you make up your own information, dont you?

  23. olive

    “Unless the people on the intellectual forums are too fast for YOU, seeing as they don’t get all of their information off wikipedia and claim the intelligence as their own.”

    Now I’m ashamed =)

    I wasn’t going to discuss about politics here, but there’s something appealing about discussing with an “I’m going to impress everyone with my info from Wikipedia” people that I can’t resist.

    Ok, I will drop this discussion and I apologize to all of you just looking for some fun on this website.

  24. Kike

    What?? Cameron Diaz offends Peruvians? C’mon people… that’s a lie! I’m Peruvian, I live in Lima, and the note about Cameron’s bag has been anecdotal. Nobody is offended here.

  25. jrz

    EVERYONE here but me is a PhD who doesn’t need to refer to any resources other than all of the fascinating facts and figuers they have in their own heads. NOBODY here uses a dictionary or thesaurus, but me, no one here EVER had to use books in school–WHY? You’re all geniuses!! But me, I was a slacker that had to read. I’m the only person that gets information from newspapers and books, I’m the only person here who is ignorant enough to have to cite their facts instead of pulling them out of my ass like the rest of you mental giants.

  26. olive

    “Nobody is offended here.”

    Thank you Kike, but explain that to jrzmommy… slowly.

  27. wowza

    Smart enough to know most of the stuff on wikipedia is rubbish for a start. And smart enough to be very bored with this whole discussion. Leaving now!

  28. stone

    she should feel like crap.. since she’s half Cuban and knows that people who have had to live under communism don’t appreciate that sort of thing.. That’s like all you gringos who wear CHE’ shirts, thinking it’s cool, when the fact was that he was a murdering piece of shat…

  29. jrzmommy

    127-off to your MENSA meeting and the Mont Pelerin Society summit, I’m sure.

  30. U fuckerz can talk
    till the fuckin cowz
    cum ,,the bottom line
    here iz that MEN HAVE

    VOTE HILLERY *2008*
    if U hate war and death.
    men zuck big fuckin ugly

  31. Karina

    I’m sure this is a LIE!!!!

    First, We, Peruvians, are so used to American ignorance about not knowing where any other country in the planet, but the USA, is.
    ie, I went on vacations to Uruguay last year and after one hour of telling everyone about my trip, some American friends shouted ‘have fun in Hawaii’…lol.

    Second, who on earth will know what the bag said. It is true, we mainly speak Spanish, English or Quechua, not Chinese!

    Third, if you are pro-Shining Path, say it in English or Spanish and YES…you will be kick out from Peru as fast as light travels. We dislike terrorists.

  32. nagger please

    I thought liberals were culturally sensitive. First, Richard Gere mauls that woman in public and now this.

  33. Madonna

    Fuck the Peruvians. They can all go to hell in a Mao handbag for all I care.

  34. shittylips

    MAO TSE TUNG – this shit was on bumpshack yesterday, with the same fuckin spelling mistake. What the hell is wrong with this site?
    kelli you are also a fuckwit.

  35. Bree

    Hey darling, last time I checked, you would spell it: Mao Tse Tung & Machu Picchu.

  36. frenchie

    olive and jrzmommy…STOP YOUR SHINANIGHANS ALREADY! I lost the both of you @ 70! Besides…reading plagiarized material is even more painful than reading it from its origional source. (yawn…bore…snore) Do you realize you’ve been bickering for 5 hours?!!! Get a fucking life! Both of you monkeys are looking about equal on the dumbness level right now so lets call it a draw shall we?

  37. Taty

    In the article it’s written wrong it should be: Machu Picchu. (4 the ones that speak spanish) Vivo en Perú y dejenme decirles que me parece que han hecho mucho problema (it’s gone out of proportion). Se entiende que solo fue un souvenir. Nunca he visto a nadie mirar mal a otra persona por usar algo con una estrella roja y un mensaje comuista. Es un país libre. No la juzgamos, los medios hacen todo más grande de lo que en realidad es.

  38. Taty

    It’s a shame that the media is making peruvians like me look stupid….we really don’t care and we’re not offended by Cameron´s green bag…it’s all media stupidity. We’ve got more important things to think about. In general let me tell u that people is very glad that more and more people decides to come and visit Perú.

  39. HillisDarcysMom

    Could Jrzmommy and olive please trade emails and have their discussion that way? I check the comment boxes to see celebrities trashed, not to hear what I have to listen to every day in my Political Science class…. Thanks.

  40. shittylipz:
    fuck U and the horzedick
    U fuck everyday, bitch..
    like U know anything about
    what jrzmommy and the other
    bitchez are talkin..
    now, go home and zpread more
    zhit on your lipz, coz yea, they
    look nice and zhitty that way,fucker.

    like I zaid before, Y argue
    about war, az long az there
    R men involved, war will happen.

  41. tonycatman

    “If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao,
    nobody’s going to sleep with you anyhow”

    - The Beatles

  42. U can’t really blame
    Cameron for the bag
    zhe choze..really, thiz
    dumb=bitch don’t know
    whatz going on around

  43. @krazihottkelli
    you are problably right, she never heard of mao i’m sure.
    she ist the worst dressed celeb imho. at least she wears something :-)

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  45. deb

    its MAO TSÉ TUNG

  46. yea, Pariz iz out eating
    cupcakez while U were zleeping..
    zhe waz releazed 6:00 a.m.
    Eastern time..zhe walked out
    smiling and waving az though
    zhe waz Queen Elizabeth walking
    down her katwalk to her motherz
    armz…we can only hope zhe breakz

  47. TheRage

    meh. oh well. i wouldn’t have known better either, so i suppose that makes me completely uninformed. yikes! on another note, why is her bag hanging down to her knees?

  48. Lily

    haha I had that same bag, only I asked the Chinese woman who worked there what it said. The bag was really cute, but sadly it was really cheaply made and the whole bottom ripped after a couple of weeks. I can’t believe she just bought the bag without asking what it said. haha sucks for her!

  49. A peruvian visits this site and tells the real story. They accepted her with warmth, and no offense was taken.

  50. charlie

    Seriously, how the hell was she to know? People just look for stupid reasons to try and deface celebrities. She has done a lot to give back to the world and shit like this just gives the press an even worse reputation for trying to make people look bad.

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