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    American institutions kowtowing to Chinese censorship

    Few examples lately in the news of American companies giving in to perceived pressure from China, and punishing/censoring American's for expressing opinions against communist China.


    Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for the protestors in Hong Kong. The NBA responded by saying it was “regrettable” that Morey’s tweet had “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.” You know, the communists that kill people. Those friends.

    NBA has since "clarified", saying they support their staff's right to freely express their opinions. The backlash has already begun, however. China is suspending preseason NBA broadcasts, community events are being cancelled, Chinese celebrities are boycotting NBA China games, the CBA will no longer cooperate with the Rockets, and Brands are halting their relationships with the NBA.

    Tencent, the massive Chinese company with their fingers in a lot of American company pies, is blacklisting the Rockets. (Keep Tencent in mind, they're a force to be reckoned with, and a major reason that you'll see Chinese censorship in the US)

    Activision Blizzard

    Blizzard has punished a player for supporting Hong Kong. They banned Ng Wai Chung (known as Blitzchung) from their Grandmasters esports competition for a year and withheld his prize money he had already won. They also fired two of the esports casters that called the event.

    A major movement to boycott Blizzard games (Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, etc) has erupted over their apparent siding with China. Oh, and Tencent has a 5% share in Blizzard. Imagine that.

    Mark Kern, a former employee of Blizzard and developer of World of Warcraft and Diablo, has joined the movement to boycott Blizzard over their apparent fear of China, siding with money instead of human rights.

    The official Blizzard subreddit was temporarily locked down, but it seems they've instead chosen to give up moderating it and let the users run rampant... with every post being a variation of "**** blizzard" with some new meme about them sucking on the Chinese teet.

    Have been some good memes out of it, though...

    South Park

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker, in true South Park fashion, released a timely episode criticizing the censorious nature of China, oppressive communist regime, and how American companies are greedily feeding into it... willing to give up their own freedom in exchange for that sweet Chinese money.

    ‘South Park’ Creators Offer Fake Apology After Show Is Erased in China

    So, of course, China banned South Park. The episode made no effort to hide the criticism of China... showing executions of political prisoners, organ harvesting, and highlighting the absurd "Winnie the Pooh" concept.

    (You see, because Xi Jinping looks like Winnie the Pooh... and that's just too embarrassing... so they banned it.)

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    And the NBA kicked out fans at a pre-season game against the Chinese, for yelling "free Hong Kong" last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingomike View Post
    And the NBA kicked out fans at a pre-season game against the Chinese, for yelling "free Hong Kong" last night.
    Interesting, I hadn't seen that.

    Two Sixers fans booted from game over ‘Free Hong Kong’ signs

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    Does this include the major social media companies?
    Resident Warning Shot Statist.

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    With Blizzcon coming up, they've got a lot of new games on the horizon. I expect the next new Overwatch hero is going to have a lot of minority boxes checked to repair this controversy. Like quadruple gay or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by T.Lex
    Does this include the major social media companies?
    Are there any in the US that China has a hand in? I thought they generally just outright banned US social media in favor of their own competing versions. I don't know why American social media outlets would bother censoring anti-China sentiments... I'm seeing quite a bit of it.

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    It is interesting and illustrative to see all the SJWs in the NBA like Steve Kerr, Greg Poppavich, Lebron James, Stef Curry, etc. suddenly have nothing to say when the topic is China and the real abuses that are ongoing there. Especially when they apparently can't shut up when it comes to lecturing us about the (largely) imagined abuses here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Lex View Post
    Does this include the major social media companies?
    It certainly includes Google.

    Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general
    Well, I ain't always right but I've never been wrong,
    seldom turns out the way it does in a song.
    Once in a while you get shown the light
    in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

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    The NBA angle is actually minor compared to the larger story: ESPN. They are running interference for the NBA during all of this.

    ESPN is invested heavily in the NBA... with broadcasting rights and a need to protect the brand. They make a significant portion of that investment back on NBA-related advertisers like Nike, who are heavily invested in China... both in market concerns and production infrastructure.

    And... ESPN is owned by Disney, which is a corporation that depends on the Chinese market (and bows heavily to their censorship) for their entertainment.

    That's the real scandal regarding the NBA. The default American sports journalism entity that has completely bowed to a communist government to protect their market share and investments. What the NBA is doing sucks. What ESPN is doing to protect the NBA is sick.

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    NBA hasn’t been worth watching in 20 years anyway. Same with espn.
    I find you offensive for finding me offensive.

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    We’re Not Exporting Our Values to China — We’re Importing Theirs

    "When an authoritarian regime tries to tell an American company what it and its employees can and can’t say, the proper response is, "**** you, now we’re going to do it twice and three times as loudly.” Otherwise, you give them a veto over your own words."

    Last edited by GPIA7R; 10-09-2019 at 11:09.

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