It not just Che images emblazoned on t-shirts these days, apparently. Cameron Diaz has touched off an uproar in Peru by carrying around a tote bag carrying one of Mao Zedong's slogans. And the Peruvians are very angry. After all, Maoists massacred nearly 70,000 people in Peru.
While explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru's Andes, Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words "Serve the People" printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.
While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru, where the Maoist Shining Path insurgency brought Peru to edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.
Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.
A prominent Peruvian human rights activist said the star of "There's Something About Mary" should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.
"It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims," said Pablo Rojas about the bag's slogan. "I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology" did so much damage.
Communism as fashion accessory. Maybe this will make Hollyweird types think a bit? Nah, never happen. John Travolta is still lecturing the little people over the environment, meanwhile he was just over at the Paris air show bragging about taking an Airbus A380 for a joyride.
"I was the first non-test pilot to fly the A380. It was a moment of history. It was fantastic. It's very easy to fly. "It was a handstick operation. It is very forgiving. If you make a mistake, it handles it for you thanks to the latest technical evolutions, whereas I am used to the older Boeing that is a much more hands-on type of flying." While enjoying the flight experience, Travolta laughed off speculation he would purchase his own Airbus A380. He explained, "Now I have enough planes. Most of my time outside my profession is dedicated to my schooling in aircraft."
I suppose we'll have to have communist offsets and airplane collection offsets as well as carbon offsets to keep Hollywood happy.