Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and the hand that feeds Hollywood is the Communist Chinese Government.
Hollywood Actor and WWE Superstar John Cena caused a massive panic today for his crimes of acknowledging Taiwan was a country.
While speaking to TVBS, Cena referred to Taiwan as “the first country to watch” Fast & Furious 9, a film directed by Taiwanese-American Justin Lin. This led to severe backlash from China who demanded an apology from John Cena. While speaking on the Sina Weibo platform, Cena apologized to China for calling Taiwan a country.
“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast & Furious 9 promotions. I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews. Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese… the staff [of the movie] gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information.“
I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.”
David Ng of Breitbart noted that Universal has a vested interest in Cena’s apology. His act of contrition appears like a necessary PR move to protect one of the studio’s most valuable movie franchises. Fast & Furious movies have consistently grossed more money in China than any other country. NBC Universal is also the home to much of World Wrestling Entertainment television content including Monday Night RAW & NXT.
WWE launched the WWE Network in China in partnership with the PPTV streaming service. The service showcases WWE’s major live events, original series, and classic matches. The company has also partnered with Chinese broadcaster PP Sports.
As every major mass media outlet continues to invest and receive billions of dollars from the Chinese Market, Chinese continues to control the narrative of United States media.