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    LIMA, Peru - Cameron Diaz apologized Sunday for carrying a bag with a political slogan that evoked painful memories in Peru.

    The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated "Shrek" films visited the Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru's Andes on Friday carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the words "Serve the People" printed in Chinese, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong's most famous political slogan.

    The bags are marketed as fashion accessories in some world capitals, but in Peru the slogan evokes memories of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency that fought the government in the 1980s and early 1990s in a bloody conflict that left nearly 70,000 people dead.

    "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," Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.

    On Friday, one prominent Peruvian human rights activist said Diaz should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.

    In Sunday's statement, the star of "There's Something About Mary" said the purpose of her visit was to participate in a television show that celebrates Peru's culture. The actress has been in Peru as part of "4 REAL," a Canadian TV production that focuses on young community leaders around the world.

    "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," she said.

    Diaz also spoke of Peruvians' beauty and warmth and said she wished "for their continued healing."

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    "said she wished "for their continued healing."


    lol..thanks for the laugh!

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    pretty much the same article, only from people.com

    Cameron Diaz Apologizes for Handbag Faux Pas
    MONDAY JUNE 25, 2007 08:40 AM EDT

    By Caris Davis

    Cameron Diaz apologized Sunday for a fashion faux pas of the political sort.

    Diaz, 34, had visited Peru's Machu Picchu on Friday carrying a green bag with a red star and the words "Serve the People" in Chinese.

    The phrase, a slogan of the late Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, touched a nerve among Peruvians still recovering from the Maoist Shining Path insurgency of the 1980s and early 1990s that left nearly 70,000 dead.

    "It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims," Peruvian human rights Pablo Rojas told the Associated Press. "I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology did so much damage."

    "I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended," Diaz said Sunday in a statement e-mailed to the AP. "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," she added.

    Diaz said in her statement she had been in Peru as part of 4 REAL, a Canadian TV show that celebrates young community leaders around the world, the AP reports. She also praised Peruvians' beauty and warmth and said she hoped "for their continued healing."

    Cameron Diaz Apologizes for Handbag Faux Pas - Cameron Diaz : People.com

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    Well, guess it's time to dust off the ol' black list, I fear Cameron may be a communist sympathizer, not only is she wearing communist propaganda accessories, but her face has turned bright red, clearly an indication of her political leanings.

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    I wonder who's head rolled over this one.

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