Mia Farrow: 1, China: 0
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After over a year of public pressure from humanitarian groups and particularly from feisty 70s movie star Mia Farrow, Steven Spielberg has stepped down as one of the principal artistic advisors for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, China. Pressure was mounted on Spielberg to quit the duties as early as last year, when concerned citizens criticized the Schindler’s List hitmaker for lending support to a country that retains substantial investments that support the genocidal regime in the Sudan. Farrow has been especially critical of Spielberg in recent months, publicly bashing him for perceived hypocrisy as a human rights champion, a label he has courted with many of his films. Apparently, the pressure got to him.
As reported on IMDB, Spielberg’s announcement stated, “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual. 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. Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more.”