Hollywood stars getting into trouble with China [video]
The video above shows Christian Bale in a scuffle with Chinese police after the actor tried to visit a Chinese dissident under house arrest. Bale's dust-up was only the most recent collision between Hollywood stars and authoritarian China, Barbara Demick writes. Here are some others:
In this interview at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Sharon Stone speculated that an earthquake in China might be "karma" for mistreating Tibetans. Her films haven't been shown in China since, Demick reports. The video aired on Hong Kong television and was later uploaded to YouTube:
Richard Gere has long been unwelcome because of his activism for Tibetan independence. In this Associated Press video, he testifies before Congress in 2008, saying Chinese calls for harmony are a "hollow slogan":
Steven Spielberg withdrew as an artistic advisor to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in protest over Chinese policy in Sudan. He joined the cause alongside actress Mia Farrow. Here's the newscast that aired on New Tang Dynasty Television, in which Farrow says China is underwriting genocide in Darfur:
Last but not least, Icelandic singer Bjork shouts "Tibet! Tibet!" at a Shanghai concert in a 2008 video from the Guardian. Click here to view the video on the Guardian site.
-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles
Video: Christian Bale runs afoul of authorities in China. Credit: WGN-TV