During a recent appearance on satellite radio promoting her new book, Sharon Stone, 63, took an opportunity to blast cancel culture. Her book, The Beauty of Living Twice, got her a chance to speak with SiriusXM’s Just Jenny show. However, Stone used her opportunity on the national broadcast to call the popular cancel culture “the stupidest thing” that she has ever encountered throughout her career and that people just need to “grow some empathy” rather than railing on others for their unpopular mistakes.
Stone’s new memoir hit bookstores this week. In the book, she explains that she was tricked into the now infamous Basic Instinct scene and that she constantly felt pressure to sleep with her costars throughout her career. In addition, she also took a few words to defend actor Christian Bale after he got into a curse-ridden rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation, which was filmed and went viral on social media.
In addition to her support of Bale, Stone also made it clear that her experiencing working with Woody Allen was both “professional” and “wonderful,” despite his getting a lot of heat following his ex’s documentary about his love life.
“I think cancel culture is the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen. I think when people say things that they feel and mean, and it’s offensive to you, it’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other,” Stone said. “We all come from different ages, different cultures, different backgrounds, different things, and have had different experiences, different traumas, different upbringings, different parents, different religious backgrounds, different everything.”
Stone said to SiriusXM’s Jenny Hutt: “Give people an opportunity to discuss things before you wipe out their entire person over a statement or a comment or a misunderstanding. Stop being so small. The world is bigger. People have done so much more than one sentence. Like, grow up. Grow some empathy.”
Not long ago, Stone came forward to publicly criticize her role in Basic Instinct, which hit movie theaters in 1992. Her famous scene in the movie has become one of the most criticized in film history. In the scene, Stone, who is not wearing underwear, repeatedly crosses and uncrossed her legs as a way to toy with a roomful of male police officers.
Because of her scene in the movie, Stone became an international sex symbol and a superstar in Hollywood. However, she admitted that she was tricked into doing it. Director Paul Verhoeven had promised her that the scene would not appear in the final version of the film. However, during a premiere of the flick, she walked out and slapped the director for lying to her.
Verhoeven denies that he lied to Stone: “Any actress knows what she’s going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera.”
“Yes, there have been many points of view on this topic, but since I’m the one with the vagina in question, let me say: The other points of view are bull****,” she added.