Celebrities: stupid just like us!

There's a mini-controversy brewing about some comments made by Sharon Stone, b-lister extraordinaire whose nether-regions are now familiar to thousands of young males, on the devastating earthquake in China:

"I've been concerned about how should we deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine. And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma - when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"

And why not watch the video?

Yes, you heard right. Ms. Stone just chalked a natural disaster that killed around 67,000 people to 'karma', which is a new age loser way of saying "they deserved it". That's a monstrously stupid thing to say.

But I'm always a bit perplexed when these things become international incidents. I think it has something to do with the bizarro role celebrities play in our society- that they somehow speak for us, and that their opinions on anything, anywhere are somehow valid.

Look, the incidence of stupidity among celebs has to be as high, or even higher, as in the general population. Which means the majority of celebrities are idiots. So, if you're looking for a meaningful comment on earthquakes or the Iraq War, ask a geologist or a foreign policy scholar. Don't ask Sharon Stone and Sean Penn. I'm sure many actors have thoughtful things to say about the state of the world. But I refuse to believe that Leonardo DiCaprio's views on global warming are more significant than my own.

Clearly, Sharon Stone is a moron. But I just don't understand why any of us care.