Now For a Friendly What Were They Thinking Moment?
By Beverly Hicks Burch
The other evening I picked up a People magazine to have something to read before I turn out the light at night. It was the September 24, 2007 issue…a double issue covering a variety of subjects including the Madeleine McCann story and the People’s Best & Worst Dressed list.
So, here I am, late one evening flipping through the magazine when on page 203 I see something that catches my eye and immediately I think, “Oh, no, she didn’t!”
There before my poor, tired bleary eyes was a picture of Something About Mary’s Cameron Diaz with a rather large…and I might add ugh-ly handbag thrown over her shoulder. The bag was olive green and was emblazoned with a bright red star and Chinese characters proclaiming Communist leader Mao’s most popular slogan “Serve the people”.
Ok, you’re saying Bev, that’s not such a bad thing to say. In and of it self, I agree, but, read on.
Diaz was vacationing in the country of Peru and the ruins of Machu Picchu. During the 1980’s and the 1990’s the Communist guerrilla group, The Shining Path, wrecked havoc in Peru slaughtering and killing almost 70,000 human beings in that beautiful but troubled country.
My own Tall and Handsome was a victim of their violence. During those decades he traveled to South America quite often while working in the oil industry. One evening while in his hotel in Lima, it was bombed by the Shining Path. Fortunately he was unscathed, but it illustrated to him the danger the natives of that country lived in on a daily basis.
Diaz later apologized for her fashion faux pas, but people really should think before they act…otherwise, imagine how easy it would be for someone to bust up into Israel with a handbag emblazoned with a big red swastika and red Hebrew letters that reads “Jews Forbidden” or “Heil Hitler!” or “Final Solution”.
Cameron’s fashion lapse won her a place on People’s 10 Most Shocking Style Moments of the Year. No kidding…
No wonder Americans are sometimes called the “ugly Americans” when abroad…jeez Cameron, what were you thinking?
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