When not making 5 movies at once, Steven Spielberg is trying to make the world a better place. Back in 2006 Spielberg was appointed artistic adviser to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, saying
“Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding. Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life, we are dedicated to making this the most emotional opening ceremony ever.”
However, today he announced he withdrew his position, accusing China of not doing enough to pressure its ally Sudan to end the “continuing human suffering” in the troubled western Darfur region.
“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 on-going crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more.”
For those of you who have no idea what’s been going on, I’ll give you a small run down. At least 200,000 people have been killed and two million forced from their homes due to a five-year conflict in Sudan. Sudan has huge oil reserves and sells 2/3 of its oil to Beijing, who return the favour by selling weapons to the Sudanese government, which doesn’t help matters at all. There has been pressure mounting on China and it looks like Steven Spielberg has stood up for what he believes is right. Well done to him!
Now get back to finishing off Indiana Jones, start work on Transformers 2 and get prepping Tintin!