Steven Spielberg has decided to quit his job as an artistic advisor for the Beijing Olympics. He made the decision today just hours after Mia Farrow and several humanitarian groups assailed him for working with the games' Chinese organizers.
The reason for the criticism is China's close relationship with Sudan, where thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the Darfur region. China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports. In turn, China sells weapons to the Sudanese government and has defended Khartoum in the U.N. Security Council.
I think this was a smart decision by Spielberg. Pretty soon he would have had George Clooney on his ass and that's when you know you're in trouble.