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Old 02-12-08, 04:39 PM
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Spielberg boycotts 2008 Olympic role as advisor

If I remember correctly, Mia Farrow publicly chastised Spielberg a couple of weeks ago for taking on the role and being indifferent towards China's participation of the continued massacre.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7242016.stm

US film director Steven Spielberg has withdrawn as an artistic adviser to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In a statement, he accused China of not doing enough to pressure its ally Sudan to end the "continuing human suffering" in the troubled western Darfur region.

"I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual," said Mr Spielberg.

At least 200,000 people have been killed and two million forced from their homes in the five-year conflict.

In a statement, Mr Spielberg said: "At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur."
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Old 02-12-08, 04:46 PM
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Empty gesture by someone who makes millions of $ playing make-believe.
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Old 02-12-08, 06:28 PM
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Empty gesture by someone who makes millions of $ playing make-believe.
So long as it makes him feeeeel good, that's what counts!!
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Good for him. It may be an empty gesture, but it is an issue that needs enough of those to at least get some attention.
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Old 02-12-08, 07:20 PM
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Mia Farrow is still alive?
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Originally Posted by bhk
Empty gesture by someone who makes millions of $ playing make-believe.
I thought you were pro-Capitalism.
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Old 02-12-08, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Cardiac161
If I remember correctly, Mia Farrow publicly chastised Spielberg a couple of weeks ago for taking on the role and being indifferent towards China's participation of the continued massacre.

At least 200,000 people have been killed and two million forced from their homes in the five-year conflict.

In a statement, Mr Spielberg said: "At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur."

[non-]Participation in Darfur is probably at the bottom of the list of things that I would criticize China for - in all seriousness. No need to bring up any of their domestic massacres or instability issues I suppose.
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Old 02-13-08, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
I thought you were pro-Capitalism.
I'm not saying it's wrong to make money from playing make-believe. Just saying that Spielberg makes money because he's good at it and is overestimating his importance.
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Old 02-13-08, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bhk
Empty gesture by someone who makes millions of $ playing make-believe.
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I thought you were pro-Capitalism.
It's akin to Julia Roberts going before Congress and pleading for tax money for medical research, rather than ponying-up a small percentage of her own millions to help solve the problem. That's what the gummy-mint does best, they solve problems, right?
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How is that related at all? Spielberg isn't asking the govt to give money.
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Old 02-13-08, 03:03 PM
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How is that related at all? Spielberg isn't asking the govt to give money.
Yes. I don't see it similar at all. It is comical to see people like Sally Field and Jessica Lange give testimony on farm issues in front of Congress because they pretended they were part of a farm family for a movie but it has nothing to do with this.
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In a statement, Mr Spielberg said: "At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur."
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How is that related at all? Spielberg isn't asking the govt to give money.
Clooney has. It's the next big struggle for them to tackle.
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
It's akin to Julia Roberts going before Congress and pleading for tax money for medical research, rather than ponying-up a small percentage of her own millions to help solve the problem. That's what the gummy-mint does best, they solve problems, right?
I'm curious about how you know what Julia Roberts has ponied up to help solve problems? From all reports I've been able to find, she has been very active in philanthropic activities.
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I'm curious about how you know what Julia Roberts has ponied up to help solve problems? From all reports I've been able to find, she has been very active in philanthropic activities.
Good for her. Then why does she need to go before Congress and ask for money? Why not work on solving the problem yourself instead of expecting the government to "fix" everything?

If I believe in a cause, I donate...I won't start a non-profit and expect the gov't to remedy said cause.
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So I take it all of you are against our government spending money anywhere? Like Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, etc...Or is it just wrong when it's for Humanitarian reasons?
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So I take it all of you are against our government spending money anywhere? Like Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, etc...Or is it just wrong when it's for Humanitarian reasons?
Our Constitution allows for a military, seeing as it's, ya know, necessary to maintain our freedom/independence and all that pesky crap. Nowhere does is mention humanitarianism.
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Our Constitution allows for a military, seeing as it's, ya know, necessary to maintain our freedom/independence and all that pesky crap. Nowhere does is mention humanitarianism.

I'm all in favor of DEFENSE...To protect OUR country against REAL threats. Not allowing the complete destruction of a country (Iraq) for no reason other than removing a "bad guy" that GWB didn't like.
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I'm all in favor of DEFENSE...To protect OUR country against REAL threats. Not allowing the complete destruction of a country (Iraq) for no reason other than removing a "bad guy" that GWB didn't like.
You: Fighting and unjust war under false pretense

Me: Take the fight to the terrorists who flew planes into buildings killing my fellow Americans.

I guess we have different definitions of DEFENSE We'll just have to agree to disagree.

/Debate
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
You: Fighting and unjust war under false pretense

Me: Take the fight to the terrorists who flew planes into buildings killing my fellow Americans.

I guess we have different definitions of DEFENSE We'll just have to agree to disagree.

/Debate
So Saddam and Iraq were responsible for 9/11?

Do you have any idea how discredited that idea is?
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
You: Fighting and unjust war under false pretense

Me: Take the fight to the terrorists who flew planes into buildings killing my fellow Americans.

I guess we have different definitions of DEFENSE We'll just have to agree to disagree.

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I would have no problem going after the folks responsible for 9/11. You're telling me, we did that in Iraq?
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So Saddam and Iraq were responsible for 9/11?
When did I mention Saddam or Iraq being responsible for 9/11/01?
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I would have no problem going after the folks responsible for 9/11. You're telling me, we did that in Iraq?
Yap. Or would you rather have to deal with more of their bullshit on our shores?
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank

Me: Take the fight to the terrorists who flew planes into buildings killing my fellow Americans.
I'm pretty sure those terrorists died on 9/11.
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I'm pretty sure those terrorists died on 9/11.
Ah...so the threat's been neutralized, right?

So...the ones that died on 9/11, these are the same guys responsible for the USS Cole and the WTC back in the early 90s, right? Same 19 guys fuckin' with our shit for decades. But now they're ash. *phew* Glad to see that's over and done with.
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Why are we discussing Iraq/9-11 in a China/Darfur/Spielberg thread?
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