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It’s A Private Thing

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2021 by andelino

LeBron James, a senior employee of the “pro-China sports league” commonly known as the “National Basketball Association” (NBA), is refusing to use his platform as a “global celebrity” to promote the COVID-19 vaccine.

James, who has consistently asserted his obligation to speak out “on everything that’s going on around this country and around the world,” declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether he intended to get vaccinated.

“That’s a conversation that my family and I will have,” he said. “Pretty much keep that to a private thing.”

The NBA star’s “refusal” to speak out and encourage others to take the vaccine is a “huge blow” to the scientific community and to all who believe in science.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, among others, has expressed “extreme confidence” in the safety of the FDA-approved vaccines, and has urged every American to “get vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.”

James’s insistence that believing in science or not is a “private thing” runs contrary to his recent response to criticism of his “political” activism.

Last month, Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic argued that James and other famous athletes should “do what you’re good at” and avoid getting involved in politics.

The soccer star’s critique echoed an infamous line from Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who in 2018 suggested James and other NBA activists should “shut up and dribble.”

“I would never shut up about things that are wrong,” James said last month when asked about Ibrahimovic’s comments. “I’ll use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that’s going on around this country and around the world. There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is.”

According to a fact-checking analysis, the COVID-19 vaccine appears to fall into the category of “everything that’s going on around this country and around the world.”

The same is true of the Chinese government’s “authoritarian crackdown” on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, as well as the “genocidal atrocities” being perpetrated against China’s population of Uighur Muslims.

James was one of the NBA’s most outspoken critics of former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who in December 2019 tweeted his support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

After Beijing threatened financial repercussions in response to Morey’s support for democracy, James slammed the league executive as “misinformed or not really educated on the situation.”

James has a $1 billion “sneaker contract” with Nike, a company that relies on Chinese “slave” manufacturing and is heavily invested in the Chinese market.

He argued that “many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually” as a result of Morey’s implicit critique of Chinese authoritarianism.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” he said. “But there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”

In October 2020, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first NBA player to publicly “denounce” China’s treatment of its Uighur population.

“Wrong is wrong,” the French national wrote in response to an Instagram post about the plight of Uighur Muslims, millions of whom are “detained and tortured in concentration camps in China.”

Hypocrite LeBron James has yet to weigh in on the plight of Uighur Muslims. Maybe it’s a “private thing.”

LeBron James Not Encouraging Young and Black Americans to Get Vaccinated is Disappointing

NBA & Chinese Slave Labor

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 4, 2021 by andelino

The National Basketball Association is remaining quiet on the issue of Chinese slave labor, even after new revelations regarding the nature and size of labor camps housing Uyghur Muslims.

Some 85 percent of China’s cotton exports come from Xinjiang, where at least one million Uyghurs are currently detained in camps, an action that some Republicans say is tantamount to genocide. At least 570,000 laborers in three Chinese provinces picked cotton in the western region of Xinjiang in 2018, according to a new Center for Global Policy report. When BBC reporters visited the region to document its “huge industrial expansion,” officials stopped them from filming.

Since the first revelations about the camps, the NBA has not addressed Chinese human-rights violations even as it pursues a “social-justice” agenda domestically.

The NBA reaped more than $500 million in Chinese revenue in 2019 and inked a $1 billion deal with Beijing tech giant Tencent to exclusively stream games in China.

NBA China, a separate entertainment arm of the league, was valued at more than $5 billion by one sports consulting firm in 2019.

While the NBA has publicly supported political expression among progressive players and coaches, it has cracked down on those who criticized China. In 2019, former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey faced sharp rebuke from his peers for supporting Hong Kong human-rights activists.

Other athletes have “sacrificed” lucrative careers to speak out against the abuse of Chinese dissidents.

Famed European soccer players Mesut Özil and Antoine Griezmann have spoken forcefully against “human rights” abuses by the Chinese Communist Party.

Özil, a German-born, ethnically Turkish Muslim, has lost millions of dollars in endorsement money for criticizing Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs, even being scrubbed from video games sold in China and Chinese internet searches.

Griezmann recently severed sponsorship ties with Chinese telecom super-giant Huawei over its role in the regime’s surveillance of Uighurs.

Silence is Violence

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2020 by andelino

The Virginia-based company “National Legal and Policy Center” was going to spend deep into the six-figures to display five “billboards” around The NBA Bubble in Orlando that would show LeBron James with a Chinese flag covering his mouth and that delightful phrase, “silence is violence.”

It was rejected by Outfront Media, the billboard company.

“Some messages are too important to be suppressed,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of NLPC told the Post. “When it comes to human rights in China, silence is indeed violence. We should be able to call LeBron on his hypocrisy without this censorship.”

LeBron has not been silence on many subjects. In fact he has become such a vocal social justice warrior that Jason Whitlock has called him a bigot.

Whitlock eloquently summed his column with the point:

“Bigots, regardless of color, have a common trait. Ignorance. Ignorance fuels their ego. Information is their enemy. They avoid it at all costs. Negative anecdotes frame their worldview. Bigotry has subdued and detained LeBron James. “

The liberal landscape has allowed this to continue.

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been on the forefront of calling to question the relationship that the NBA, NIKE, and China have with one another.

“There are widespread reports, very credible reports that Nike, many of their product lines and components of their products, the shoes, the shirts, the jerseys, all that stuff are made in concentration camps in China,” he told Outkick.

“These concentration camps are full of religious minorities, one in particular called the Uyghurs. They’re a religious ethnic minority that the Chinese government has put on trains, shaven, beaten, and shipped into these camps.”

That relationship has been a hot button topic for numerous years and was first made public conscious when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed support for Hong Kong protestors. It prompted state-owned CCTV to drop NBA games as did the NBA’s streaming partner in China, Tencent.

It was escalated when more details came out in a story from ESPN that the NBA had their name brand on a number of player development camps in China where minors were allegedly abused; the NBA shut down a camp in the Xinjiang’s region, the police state in China where the Uyghurs are persecuted.

James, like much of the league and many liberals, have decided that “silence is violence” does not apply to their interests.

OutKick partner Jason Whitlock traveled to our nation’s capital to conduct a sit-down interview with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

There are less than two weeks to go before the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. And the final debate with Democratic challenger and former VP Joe Biden was in Nashville.

At such an important juncture in the president’s campaign, it is crucial for him to select only the most influential news outlets to share his message.

It should come as no surprise that President Trump chose OutKick, a website that continues to rise in prominence and influence, both in the worlds of politics and sports.

Jason and the president addressed a variety of topics, including the America First program, Trump’s relationship with the black community, and of course, a little football.

Later, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Whitlock had this to add:

“I think we have been carrying on a facade for three and a half years as black men that somehow we can’t relate to Donald Trump, that we didn’t celebrate him in hip-hop music for decades, that he wasn’t friends with countless black athletes, entertainers, celebrities,” Whitlock told Carlson.

“That facade is starting to end,” Whitlock added, “and I think that’s why you’ve seen the rapper Ice Cube, you’ve seen 50 Cent and Kanye West start reaching out and acknowledging the truth that they really don’t have a problem with Donald Trump.”

Like many liberal-driven movements, the phrase “silence is violence” is incredibly marketable. Also, like many liberal-driven movements, it is not allowed to be applied to liberals.

South Park Creators

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on February 19, 2020 by andelino

South Park creators show how it should be done by using political satire to rip Beijing over the NBA row.

Maybe it is time for Washington to unleash South Park characters Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman on China’s trade team. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

The US-China trade war has erupted with a tariff blitz on both sides.

Even though the ruling Communist Party, headed by President Xi Jinping, appears to have “skin as thin as a praying mantis”, surely they would not take offense?

Political satire, of course, is ingrained in democracies and mass-produced. In the United States, The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park have at times cut a controversial swath through the cultural underbelly of Uncle Sam.

In the United Kingdom, political provocateurs Spitting Image attained iconic status in the 1980s and ’90s by twisting the tail of Britannia’s battered old lion. Twenty-three years later, it has been resurrected to enthrall a new generation with grotesque-looking puppets, spluttering belly-aching barbs.

“The original series skewered the Thatcher and Blair governments of the 1980s and 1990s and the new show will air on US networks with a range of new global news makers to ‘bring this very British brand of satire to the wider world’,” Adam J Smith and Jo Waugh, lecturers at York St John University in the UK, wrote in a commentary for The Conversation earlier this month.

“Co-creator Roger Law describes the show as ‘public service satire’, the ‘public service’ being to at least offer viewers an alternative to ‘shouting at the television set.’ But in turning politics into puppetry, Spitting Image revives a problem that has been inherent in British caricature for 300 years: how do you do satire without promoting or protecting the very people you seek to critique?”

The Spitting Image puppet of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, left, from the award-winning political satire. Photo: Courtesy of Spitting Image

Still, caricatures of President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, or Bojo, and newly-minted royal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will be unveiled. Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will also feature although it is unclear if Spitting Image will roll out a version of Xi.

Since the show would end up on the cutting room floor of the censors, it seems highly likely. But there is always a way of knocking a brick out of China’s Great Firewall, which surrounds social media sites and the broader internet, in the world’s second-largest economy.

Remember, “necessity is the mother of invention” when you have a “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) on your smartphone. Yet the question remains, does political satire act as a beacon of light, piercing through the gloom of state-sponsored propaganda?

A study by academics Li Shao, of Zhejiang University, and Dongshu Liu, of Syracuse University, offered a compelling argument. In “The Road to Cynicism: The Political Consequences of Online Satire Exposure in China”, which was published on ResearchGate, they stated:

“This article examines two competing theories explaining the effects of political satire on citizens in an authoritarian context. The ‘activism’ proposition argues that political satire works as a form of resistance to erode people’s support for the regime and encourages collective action.

 The ‘cynicism’ proposition argues that while satire discourages regime support, it also discourages political participation. Our online survey experiment on young Chinese Internet users provides evidence supporting the cynicism proposition.

 Satire consumption reduces audiences’ political trust, deflates their political efficacy, and discourages them from participating in politics, as it reduces the perceived severity of political problems and implies that audience participation is useless. We conclude that the dissemination of political satire may stabilize the authoritarian regime temporarily but induces it to become erosive in the long run.”

But then, political satire has a habit of popping up in unexpected places, just like Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman.

Their South Park creators came up with a rip-roaring riposte when it lampooned the groveling apology from the Houston Rockets to China after general manager Daryl Morey announced his support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” he tweeted.

Outrage followed on Chinese social media sites and state-run news outlets. There were calls earlier this month to boycott Rockets’ merchandise and live coverage of the basketball franchise in one of its most lucrative markets. To put that into context, the country was reportedly worth $4 billion to the NBA last year, according to Forbes. Cash over conscience appeared to trump hoop dreams.

The new Spitting Image version of US President Donald Trump. Photo: Courtesy of Avalon / Mark Harrison

But not for South Park. “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show’s creators, said in a fake apology on Twitter.

“We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?”

The Rockets, unfortunately, have followed the tried and trusted road to perdition. Major fashion brands, such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Swarovski, and Versace, have put the bottom line ahead of the political punch line when dealing with Beijing after wading into hot water.

Perhaps, then, the last word should go to Cartman before he waits for the trade talks call that will never come. “Screw you guys, I’m going home!”

Commie James LeBron

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2019 by andelino

The National Basketball Association’s relationship with China is “fraying to tatters” despite efforts from high-profile players and officials working to smooth things over with their “communist benefactors.”

It all started with Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s Twitter post last Friday: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”

The tweet sparked a “financial” fallout for the NBA in China that’s forcing players to choose between the “social justice” principles they regularly preach to Americans and their own “financial interests” in the world’s largest market.

Commie LeBron James made it clear he’s on “Team China” and believes Morey needs an “education” during a recent news conference, but plenty of other players and coaches have also weighed in, either by “apologizing” to China or “refusing” to acknowledge the “fight for freedom in Hong Kong” at all.

Someone asked Anti-Trump Steve Kerr if he’s ever been asked about “human rights” during his previous trips to China:

“No. Nor has (America’s) record of human rights abuses come up either… People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.” — Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) October 11, 2019

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was among the first to provide “cover” for China by likening the country’s widespread human rights abuses, censorship and religious persecution to “human rights abuses” of mass shooters in the U.S.

Kerr flipped the script to “gun violence” when asked if he ever discussed “human rights abuses” during his numerous trips to China, where top NBA sponsors cut ties with the league following Morey’s remarks last week, Newsweek reports.

Kerr later said he couldn’t discuss China’s crackdown and censorship in Hong Kong because he didn’t understand the situation. “I think it makes more sense to lay low,” he said.

Steph Curry quipped: “This situation, there’s a huge weight and gravity to it. There’s going to need to be some things to be sorted out. But I just don’t know enough about Chinese history and how that’s influenced modern society…This is not going away. So we’ll come back to it.” — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 9, 2019

Star guard Steph Curry followed Kerr’s lead. Curry, whose lucrative deal with “Under Armour” hinges on production in China. So he kept his mouth shut.

Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich seems to have taken a similar approach, preferring to avoid “confrontation” to preserve the league’s $4 billion in business in the communist country, Fox Business reports.

Popovich “refused” to discuss Hong Kong’s fight for freedom, China’s human rights abuses or the deteriorating relationship with the NBA.

After Morey’s tweet, sponsors dropped out, promotions for exhibition games with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were removed, local sponsorships deals scrapped, and fan events canceled, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Instead of addressing “real” issues, Popovich praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s response to the controversy, which was to “apologize to China and distance the league” from Morey.

Silver said he would stand by Morey’s “freedom of speech” but stressed the GM’s opinion doesn’t represent the NBA or the Houston Rockets.

Popovich compared Silver’s kowtowing to China to Trump’s tough stance on trade.

“(Silver) stood by our nation and its principles. That’s pretty huge in these days,” Popovich said, comparing Silver to Trump. “That comparison was pretty stark when you put our president up against those leaders when he’s with them or talking to him and how he reacts compared to the way Adam Silver reacted. I was proud of him. It was great.”

Donald Trump mocks Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich.: @cspan) — theScore (@theScore) October 9, 2019

Houston Rockets star James Harden, meanwhile, initially “apologized” to China for Morey’s remarks, ESPN reports.

“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. They show us the most important love” he said.

Harden later said that he’s now “staying out of it” according to USA Today.

“The point is you keep comparing yourself to Ali in terms of making political statements – but the truth is you ONLY make political statements when you know there will be APPLAUSE – if there’s money on the line you stay SILENT — Pramis (@Pramis) October 15, 2019

Commie James, arguably the league’s biggest “social justice warrior” in the U.S. couldn’t help himself when he took a pot shots at Morey.

All over Shanghai, they’re taking down banners and signs for the NBA in general, and for Lakers-Nets game specifically.

“Game is still officially on as of now. Lots of shrugged shoulders over whether it will actually happen.” — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel Nichols) October 9, 2019

“I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” Commie James said. “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

“I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it,” James said. “I have no idea, but that is just my belief.”

Josh Hawley said: “This statement is unbelievable. So many people could have been harmed? By Daryl Morey daring to express sympathy for democracy? News flash: people ARE being harmed – shot, beaten, gassed – right now in Hong Kong. By China. By the Communist Party the NBA is so eager to appease.” — (@HawleyMO) October 15, 2019

“And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well, but that’s just my belief,” he said.

James’ comments were met with fierce “backlash” from supporters of freedom and democracy in both Hong Kong and the U.S., including many that pointed out that James is more than willing to “preach” to his followers over Twitter when the issues involve “social justice” in the U.S.

“I really cannot believe that someone from the U.S. would not cherish the precious freedom of speech they have,” wrote one user on the online platform LIHKG used by Hong Kong protestors.

“Has he been brainwashed by the Chinese Community Party’s fake news or has been bought?” wrote another.

Others simply retweeted James’ own words from Jan. 15, 2018:

“Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere- Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter.” #ThankYouMLK50 — LeBron James (@KingJames) January 15, 2018

Commie LeBron James also said NFL/NBA owners are old white men with a “slave mentality” and backed it up with a “racially-charged” insinuation We been gettin’ that Jewish money, everything is Kosher.” 

Here is exactly what he said:

“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality. And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the fuck I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.’ The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham, Jr. without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”  

LeBron James, the self-appointed “GOAT” also doesn’t need a “future” with white people:

“No matter how much money I have, I’m still as paranoid as the homeless drug addict I was. I was an uneducated nigga kid from Akron who grew up with nothing, who had to scrounge the slum alleys in Cleveland just to eat until the Old White Men and the Jewish Money enriched my baller and rapping skills.”

Commie LeBron James is a perfect example of black “Victimology,” who knows “nothing” about slavery, is the “dumbest” man in athletics with a high school education, who has never made an “intelligent” statement unrelated to basketball and is somehow in the “liberal” news media with his “stupid and racist” opinions heralded as the “Albert Einstein” of the 21st Century.

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Woke NBA

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on October 11, 2019 by andelino

NBA’s Surrender To China Shows Money Still Talks Louder Than “Social Justice”

Over the weekend, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out what would seem to the average person to be a pretty innocuous tweet: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

Morey was voicing support for the ongoing pro-democracy protests taking place in the city. He certainly wasn’t expressing an uncommon opinion — American politicians on both sides of the aisle have also praised the historic protests. But China didn’t like Morey’s tweet. Presumably acting upon the demands of the Chinese government, Chinese businesses began pulling their NBA sponsorships, and Chinese broadcasters and streaming platforms threatened to stop airing NBA games altogether.

The NBA acted quickly, issuing one statement in English apologizing to China for Morey’s “regrettable” statement and one statement “translated” into Mandarin which articulated something entirely different, according to ABC News — that the NBA was “extremely disappointed” with Morey’s “inappropriate” tweet that “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.” Two of Morey’s best players on the Houston Rockets, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, also came out and publicly apologized, insisting, “We love China.”

Morey, of course, deleted the tweet and did what is typically required of sinners against social justice here in the United States — he genuflected towards the powers that be, offered a “humiliating” apology, and all but begged for the preservation of his career. But in this case, Morey wasn’t sinning against social justice, he was sinning against the powerful Chinese government, a “brutal authoritarian regime that imprisons, tortures, and murders political dissidents, religious minorities, and anyone who dares promote democracy.”

Troublingly, this dictatorial power now appears to extend even into the U.S., with Morey’s public admonishment likely to have a chilling effect on any future high-profile criticism of the Chinese regime.

But while China’s actions were to be expected, the NBA’s response was far more surprising. After all, the NBA in recent years has been carefully working to craft the opposite brand — of a league committed to doing the right thing, to standing up against tyranny, to defending the rights of the downtrodden and the disenfranchised.

It was this supposed commitment that has led the NBA to increasingly throw its weight behind progressive political causes in recent years, most notably the transgender rights movement. In 2016, for example, in response to the passage of a bill in North Carolina which made public bathroom usage contingent on biological sex, the NBA helped lead a corporate bullying campaign against the state.

Joining with companies like PayPal, Bank of America, and Adidas, as well as musicians like Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam, the NBA threatened to boycott activity in North Carolina (in particular, pledging to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte), hoping that the economic blackmail would force the state government to repeal the legislation.

Although the campaign was only partially successful, the league has since threatened to boycott other states over similar legislation.

However, as we are now seeing, it is much easier to jump aboard the crowded progressive bandwagon, criticize token conservative laws, and bravely face the applause of American elites than it is to face down a tyrannical Chinese regime when significant money is on the line.

But while the NBA’s rapid capitulation this weekend in the face of Chinese pressure was discouraging, it was also a helpful reminder of the league’s true priorities. No matter what actions the NBA may take here in the U.S. to promote various issues, one can be sure their first concern is what it has always been: dollars and cents. After all, if league executives truly cared about seeing justice done, would they not stand up to one of the world’s most notorious human rights violators?

The NBA, of course, isn’t alone in all of this, even if this particular example of cowardice is glaring in its egregiousness. American corporations are increasingly marketing themselves as moral standard bearers of woke capitalism — rainbow-colored logos during “Pride Month,” public announcements of discontinued gun and ammunition sales after mass shootings, and even needlessly disavowing the American flag — but they are willing to embrace this newfound progressive morality only to a point. Profit is still the driving motivation.

The HBO series “Silicon Valley” brilliantly mocks this by portraying tech executives constantly bragging about their primary motivation being to make the world a better place, only to see them succumb to avarice faster than you can say “buyout.”

Ultimately, these corporations are not loyal to their professed moral standards, or to American ideals about liberty and democracy, or even to basic human rights. They are loyal to earning a profit for their shareholders, or in the NBA’s case, its 30 team owners, and are willing to prop up even the most evil foreign governments to “earn” it.

Scratch a woke corporate progressive, find just another wealthy boss most interested in the bottom line. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised in the end.

Source: Terry Schilling (@Schilling1776) is the executive director at American Principles Project, a conservative nonprofit dedicated to putting human dignity at the heart of public policy.

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