Good for Spielberg
Steven Spielberg decides he won’t be the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Olympics.
Rights groups on Wednesday praised Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s decision to shun involvement with the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies because China was not doing enough to help end the crisis in Darfur.
Spielberg’s move marked a high-profile setback for Beijing and its efforts to keep at bay a monthslong campaign by activists to spotlight the authoritarian communist regime’s human rights record.
Although not entirely unexpected, it appeared to catch Beijing organizers flat-footed.
I would’ve been more impressed had it not taken international pressure, or if China’s domestic human rights record would have been enough to end his participation.