NBA's Apology to China Draws Outrage Across Political Spectrum - "we love Chinese money more than we love freedom and democracy"

BoingBoingBoi

bad weird
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
if you don't know, chinks fucking love the NBA. some player executive tweeted in support of the protests in Hong Kong and the NBA went on full damage control to SHUT IT DOWN, to much criticism from US politicians. one thing i learned in this article is that a chink executive vice chairman at alibaba owns the brooklyn nets. bow down to your communist chinese overlords, sports fans!


After Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted to express his solidarity with Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors, the NBA went into damage control, saying it was "extremely disappointed" in the exec's "inappropriate comment," which had "undoubtedly seriously hurt the feelings of Chinese basketball fans."

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet of support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong may have inspired a firestorm of outrage in China. But the NBA's apology over Morey's statement is now generating its own avalanche of bipartisan criticism in the U.S.

Voices from across the political spectrum are slamming the NBA for putting market access in China ahead of human rights and freedom of speech, with many arguing that the kowtowing of American businesses to China's state propaganda priorities has to stop.

Former Obama White House staffer Ben Rhodes took to Twitter to unleash a series of statements slamming the NBA's climb down to China. "Just consider that the NBA is suggesting that supporting democracy and human rights 'does not represent' the NBA or the values that the league supports. What values does the league support?," he wrote.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a noted Rockets fan, meanwhile, tweeted: "We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be for sale & the NBA shouldn’t be assisting Chinese communist censorship."

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro also added his voice: "The United States must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government."

The incident, which is rapidly becoming an international inflection point, began Sunday when Morey tweeted an image with the words “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” — a reference to the pro-democracy protests against China’s authoritarian government that have stormed the city's streets for weeks.

Although Twitter is banned in China, word of the tweet immediately went viral in China, where control over Hong Kong is one of Beijing's central propaganda priorities. Social media users — scores of organic users as well as the usual government-backed trolls — immediately began calling for a Rockets boycott and for the NBA to reprimand Morey for having "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.

The official fall from grace for the Rockets in China was especially striking, since they have been one of the very most popular teams in the country for years, thanks to the legendary career of local hero Yao Ming at the franchise.

The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, published an editorial slamming Morey's comments, and the Rockets' sponsors in China pulled their money from the team, while local Internet giant Tencent, which has a $1.5 billion broadcast deal with the NBA, said it would stop streaming Rockets games. State broadcaster CCTV also said it would suspend broadcasts of the team's games.

But it was the Rockets' and the NBA's reaction to the potential business damage that inspired disgust in the U.S. Twittersphere.

Morey quickly deleted his tweet, while Houston owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted that the exec doesn’t speak for the team, telling ESPN: "We got a huge backlash, and I wanted to make clear that the organization has no political position."

The NBA later issued its own pair of official statements, one in English and one in Chinese. The English apology said that it was "regrettable" that Morey’s tweet had offended Chinese fans, but it also included a wishy-washy affirmation of the league's commitment to freedom of expression. "The values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them," the statement from NBA spokesman Mike Bass included.

The Chinese statement, however — as bilingual Twitter users were quick to point out — was markedly different in tone and substance. The Chinese version stated that the league was "extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment by the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey," and that "he has undoubtedly seriously hurt the feelings of Chinese basketball fans."

The use of "hurt the feelings of Chinese basketball fans" jumped out for China watchers, who recognized the phrase as one of the favored propaganda terms used by Beijing's Foreign Ministry whenever Western brands or individuals speak out on issues related to the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement or China's other territorial disputes.

In an effort to salvage a major business relationship, the NBA, critics noted, was cravenly parroting the exact propaganda wording that Beijing uses to stir up nationalistic fervor over such political issues.

While many celebrities and other NBA figures with their own business interests to protect were conspicuously silent on the issue, the furor continued to come fast from both sides of the political aisle Sunday. Some of those who commented included Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, Democratic presidential candidates Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro, former Obama staffers Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, Republican Sen. Rick Scott and others. One of the few, if not only, major NBA figure to openly criticize Morey on U.S. social media was Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Chinese tech giant Alibaba.
 
I don't know if it's sad or heartening that hatred of China is the one thing that unites the polarized Left and Right wings.
In what universe? I see nothing but sloppy blowjobs for China from lefties, not just liberals, actual lefties. I probably lost more people on speaking terms with me raking them over the coals for calling China "green" and extolling their alleged environmental efforts.
 

kaskadöör

kiwifarms.net
I don't know if it's sad or heartening that hatred of China is the one thing that unites the polarized Left and Right wings.
what? the "polar" right prays daily that they'll see Chinese or Russian paratroopers descending from the skies to save them from the clown world

being a taxpiggy under the protection of Chinese overlords is preferable to contributing to the spic-nig cycle
 

Comicsgeist

Yeah, no.
kiwifarms.net
The Chinese wield a subtle knife, as a result they're big fans of soft power and economic imperialism. Why fight a war when you can simply buy obedience?
One of the West's worst failing is it's prioritizing of globalist corporations interests over national interests and security.

They should add a third classic blunder to Vizzini's things you should never do

Vizzini: you've fallen for one of the two classic blunders! The first being never get involved in a land war in Asia but only slightly lesser known: never go in against a Sicillian when DEATH is on the line!

I'd also add, never accept money or investment from the Chinese Communist Party.
 

The Last Stand

All I got was a rock.
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
If the polarizing political fundies get their way, this will be the potential future of censorship they are unintentionally pushing. China is so communist, they want to censor ANYTHING that their government doesn't like. News flash, for better or worse, we have Freedom of Speech for a reason.

You're welcome to disagree or even not watch, but don't you dare step foot in our country and tell us: "Don't say this or that".
 
  • Agree
Reactions: Sir Wesley Tailpipe

AltisticRight

Matt Jarbo is not the father.
kiwifarms.net
>wants workers to be treated more fairly
>says slavery is bad
>promotes China where workers are treated as slaves and children work in sweatshops
It's not 2008. That's India and SEA now. China recently busted almost all the fake lego and gundam manufacturers. If you dare run a sweatshop hiring kids, pray that you don't get caught, it's anywhere from several years to bullet in the head. There's a long way to go still, you know... fucking Foxxcom and their suicide nets. Apple is a negative contributor too, their disgusting anti-consumer and anti-third-party repairs policies make it so that workers there sometimes try and risk their lives to smuggle stuff out. There's practices such as swallowing bags of ICs, as Apple's ICs are proprietary. There's female workers hiding that stuff in their vaginas and male ones hiding in their butt. There's workers smuggling DEAD PCBs by hiding it in their shirts, so the solution was strip naked and check. It's an absolute disaster. I'm not saying Chinese phones or Samsung is better, just that Apple stands out as the worst.

This entire NBA thing is very autistic. It stems from the different definitions of "freedom of speech", obviously the Chinese definition is "basically none" or "it's so blurry I can fuck you in the butt anytime I want (just like gay hate speech laws)".

The NBA's statement was in support of the 1A in the American framework, which is how it's supposed to be. FREEDOM of fucking speech.
Chinese "Freedom" of speech doesn't include speech that incites violence, political instability, distracts public safety and cultural cohesion. China recently added veteran rights under the law, making it so that people can't make fun of historical figures and veterans anymore. Many got into trouble because of their PREVIOUS posts, which is fucking ridiculous.

Here's some examples fine with America but not with China:
- California should become a country. (Separatism isn't FoS in China.)
- Kill all niggers. (Cultural cohesion, but weibo is full of incels wanting niggers out of China and they aren't being punished. Replace niggers with some troublesome ethnic minority such as Huis, then you're in trouble.)
- Kill all politicians, anarchy now. (Political instability)
- Veterans are useless sacks of shits that are the tools of Israhell. (Veteran rights)

Here's some examples that aren't fine with either:
- "I have a bomb" at an airport (Public safety)
- "I want to kill infidels, I'm gonna join ISIS" (Public safety)
- I'll bomb the white house (Public safety)

Here's some that will get you into trouble with your job, but are covered by freedom of speech nonetheless, both countries.
- The holohoax was a lie and Hitler was right (don't let your boss find out, you'll either get a payrise or kicked out)
- The Nanking Massacre is funny (Someone did that, kicked out of university. She wasn't arrested or anything, just publicly shamed)
- Japan's vision was ultimately good (Again, public shaming and loss of job, but won't land you in jail)
- "Mislabel some tranny". Fuck these people.

The few good things about Chinese Soc-med is one gets to spew all kinds of vermin with regards to muzzies and kikes. Don't dare to do that on sites such as FB, you'll get the insta-hammer. Also Baidu doesn't delist stuff the west hates, unlike Jewgle.
I did a search on the based site thedailystormer owned by fellow slanted rice crop farmer Andrew 5-foot Anglin, both engines do show a result. Tried 8chan which is ovened, both won't. Maybe this isn't true after all.

The HK rubbish is now a false dilemma. Nobody is even trying to act objectively. A statement such as "I support the rights to peaceful protests and I am against the arson and looting" will get you labelled as both a race traitor if you're Chinese and a commie sympathiser. Don't even bother. The lesson here is, if you're a public figure or company with massive presence in both China and the west, just don't comment on this HK stuff. You'll get fucked by either one of them, or both.

This is very funny:
butterfly.jpg

What is the butterfly effect? It's basically some HK thug who murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan, then China mainland can't watch the NBA.
Let's not forget, this entire debacle started because some trash human killed his Taiwanese GF in Taiwan and fled to HK. Due to the lack of laws, he can't be sent to Taiwan to be prosecuted, and he can't be sent to the mainland and have a bullet in his head as he rightfully deserves.

What a shitshow.

If the polarizing political fundies get their way, this will be the potential future of censorship they are unintentionally pushing. China is so communist, they want to censor ANYTHING that their government doesn't like. News flash, for better or worse, we have Freedom of Speech for a reason.

You're welcome to disagree or even not watch, but don't you dare step foot in our country and tell us: "Don't say this or that".
You Americans need to secure your 2A. Without the 2A, there will be no 1A. America is pretty much the only country with freedom of speech, a country that actually matters. Nobody cares about some small tax haven or whatever. China censors lots of shit the party hates. In Europe, one can't even question the holocaust. In Australia, don't dare criticise abos.

Hold onto your guns America. China seized all guns some time after Mao went into power, from his commie allies and veterans nonetheless. Aboland stole all guns back in the days that did fuck all to reduce gun crimes. Securing the 1A requires armed citizens. Never let those traitor politicians take them.
 
Last edited:

The Last Stand

All I got was a rock.
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
You Americans need to secure your 2A. Without the 2A, there will be no 1A. America is pretty much the only country with freedom of speech, a country that actually matters. Nobody cares about some small tax haven or whatever. China censors lots of shit the party hates. In Europe, one can't even question the holocaust. In Australia, don't dare criticise abos.
Something I just realized: The United States' debt to China, as of May 2019, is $1.1 trillion.

I don't know if that plays a part in this; it made me wonder if one day, China will capitalize on the debt and just have stake in associations like the NBA. Or use it as leverage to issue more tariffs with trading. I'm not a geopolitical person; I'm asking if this would cause any long term ramifications with our relationship with China.
 

Ahriman

Vivere Militare Est.
kiwifarms.net
what? the "polar" right prays daily that they'll see Chinese or Russian paratroopers descending from the skies to save them from the clown world

being a taxpiggy under the protection of Chinese overlords is preferable to contributing to the spic-nig cycle
Where did you get this idea from?
 
  • Thunk-Provoking
Reactions: Sir Wesley Tailpipe
Tags
None

About Us

The Kiwi Farms is about eccentric individuals and communities on the Internet. We call them lolcows because they can be milked for amusement or laughs. Our community is bizarrely diverse and spectators are encouraged to join the discussion.

We do not place intrusive ads, host malware, sell data, or run crypto miners with your browser. If you experience these things, you have a virus. If your malware system says otherwise, it is faulty.

Supporting the Forum

How to Help

The Kiwi Farms is constantly attacked by insane people and very expensive to run. It would not be here without community support.

BTC: 1DgS5RfHw7xA82Yxa5BtgZL65ngwSk6bmm
ETH: 0xc1071c60Ae27C8CC3c834E11289205f8F9C78CA5
BAT: 0xc1071c60Ae27C8CC3c834E11289205f8F9C78CA5
LTC: LSZsFCLUreXAZ9oyc9JRUiRwbhkLCsFi4q
XMR: 438fUMciiahbYemDyww6afT1atgqK3tSTX25SEmYknpmenTR6wvXDMeco1ThX2E8gBQgm9eKd1KAtEQvKzNMFrmjJJpiino