Steven Spielberg bails on the Beijing Olympics

And for good reason.

Steven Spielberg has decided not to participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing as an artistic adviser, citing the lack of progress in ending the genocide in Darfur.

The move marks a public relations blow to the Chinese government as it tries to prevent the Games from being politicized, not just on the Darfur crisis but other issues.

Read the rest. His response is better than the British move to muzzle its own athletes. It certainly doesn’t make Spielberg perfect on human rights, but it’s almost refreshing to hear someone in Hollywood bashing someone other than Bush. And the fact is, China is much more influential in Sudan than we are and is in a position to end the genocide in Darfur. So far, though, China has chosen to value its oil contracts over innocent life.