Looks like Christian Bale isn't the only celeb having issues with China!
During a recent interview, Dalai Lama devotee/actor Richard Gere was asked about recent cases of monks in Tibet setting themselves on fire in protest against China.
"China is a very difficult place to live if you are a free thinker, if you are an artist, if you are a religious person, but especially in Tibet. I think they (China) have so wrongly gauged the Tibetan people, thinking they could subvert the deep, deep, deep religious beliefs and make them true Communists. It's never going to happen. Their whole lives have revolved around Buddhism, around their teachers, around their gurus… the high ideals of Buddhism. They are not going to change that in a hundred years, two hundred years, a thousand years, that will never go away."
"It all really comes down to motivation. I mean none of these self-immolators have harmed anybody else. It is totally a self-sacrifice for their people, for others. So on that level it's a pure act. But I think it's more important to look into the causes of why people would feel they would need to do these kind of things?"
More from Gere on China's "forceful occupation of Tibet":
"No matter how many roads they (China) build, or how many skyscrapers, or how many, I think there's about six or seven million Chinese settlers, Han Chinese who have been brought to Tibet at this point, it is not going to change (Tibetan culture). They (China) would have to kill every Tibetan to change it and they are not going to do that."
AND more from Gere about his issues with China:
"Are we more interested in money or are we more interested in the truth?… Eventually you have to bow to the will of the people and especially as their progress as an economy, education also gets higher; their interactions with the world and other people's functioning in the world, and the openness of self-expression. No one wants to live in hypocrisy, and China is the largest hypocrisy in the world right now."
What do U think? Do U agree with Richard Gere? Is China the "largest hypocrisy in the world right now?"
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