Diaz’s Cross-Cultural Blunder in Peru

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Cameron Diaz Peru

Even movie stars can’t escape the odd cross-cultural blunder. Poor old Cameron Diaz had to apologise to Peru on Sunday for carrying a bag with a political slogan that evoked painful memories in Peru’s history.

The actress 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 Shining Path insurgency that fought the government in the 1980s and early 1990s in a bloody conflict that left nearly 70,000 people dead.

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