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CNN’s Jake Tapper slams major corporations for being ‘blinded’ by Chinese cash

CNN host Jake Tapper slammed Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the NBA for being ‘blinded’ by Chinese cash while ignoring the Communist regime’s human rights abuses. 

Tapper criticized the American industries for their indifference amid ongoing fears over the safety of Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai, who has been silenced after accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

He also slammed the IOC for moving forward with holding the Winter Games next year in Beijing.

‘The millionaires and billionaires of Hollywood and the NBA and the IOC and Wall Street are all so eager for Chinese cash, they’re pretending none of this is happening,’ Tapper said on his show State of the Union on Sunday.

‘There is no amount of money that can buy enough soap to wash that blood off their hands.’   

CNN host Jake Tapper slammed major corporations such as Hollywood, Silicon Valley and NBA for being ‘blinded’ by Chinese cash after failing to address the issues happening in the country

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) performed a 'proof of life' call with Peng Shuai last month

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) performed a ‘proof of life’ call with Peng Shuai last month 

Tapper also noticed that these industries were failing to recognize issues such as the detainment of over one million Uighurs, as well as other minority groups, at the Xinjiang internment camps in western China

Tapper also noticed that these industries were failing to recognize issues such as the detainment of over one million Uighurs, as well as other minority groups, at the Xinjiang internment camps in western China

Little has been heard from Shuai since she made the blockbuster sexual assault allegations, which prompted the World Tennis Association to cancel events in China over concerns for her safety.

Shuai had created her own post concerning the assault on the Chinese social media site Weibo before it was taken down.

Marvel's Doctor Strange had Tilda Swinton cast instead of a Tibetan monk

Marvel’s Doctor Strange had Tilda Swinton cast instead of a Tibetan monk

‘Even if it is like an egg hitting a rock, or if I am like a moth drawn to the flame, inviting self destruction, I will tell the truth about you,’ Shuai wrote.

The IOC hosted a call with Shuai in which she appeared to be smiling while in the presence of China authorities, but failed to address the sexual assault allegations. 

‘Yes, the Olympics are supposed to be free and without politics,’ Tapper said. 

‘But this is not about politics. The allegations against the Chinese government go far beyond its treatment of Shuai.’

The WTA’s decision to cancel 10 events in China cost the tour $40 million in prize funds as well as large staging fees.

 ‘If we walk away from this we are telling the world that not addressing sexual assault with the respect and seriousness it requires is okay but it’s difficult to do that’s something that cannot happen and it’s not what we asked for as an organization,’ WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said. 

Tapper lauded the WTA’s stance while hitting out at the other industries for continuing to value profits from a country holding more than one million Uighurs, as well as other minority groups, at the Xinjiang internment camps in western China.   

He pointed out that these forced labor camps are producing ‘Christmas presents’ for the American public from US behemoths such as Apple and Nike. 

‘Of course, Apple and Nike publicly claim to decry slave labor,’ said Tapper. 

‘But to be clear, the behavior we are seeing from U.S. corporations is not about a company surviving. 

‘It’s about discontent with just hundreds of millions of dollars, desiring instead billions of dollars.’

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union attend the Li-Ning Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2020 in Paris

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union attend the Li-Ning Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2020 in Paris

Klay Thompson (left) of the Golden State Warriors meets fans during an Anta promotional event on September 8, 2019 in Nanjing

Klay Thompson (left) of the Golden State Warriors meets fans during an Anta promotional event on September 8, 2019 in Nanjing

Wade and Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russel (right) both endorse Li-Ning

Wade and Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russel (right) both endorse Li-Ning

The NBA had been called out by a US congressman in June to stop promoting Chinese sportswear firms that had used cotton growing in the Xinjiang region.

The league’s players were making deals with China-based companies ANTA, Li-Ning and Peak.

‘The NBA and NBA players should not even implicitly be endorsing such horrific human rights abuses,’ the letter said.  

‘We urge the NBPA to work with its members to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide taking place in Xinjiang and the role of forced labor in the production of products made by brands that NBPA members have endorsed,’ the letter said.  

A shot from the original Top Gun shows Tom Cruise's character wearing a jacket with Japanese and Taiwanese flags

The Taiwanese and Japanese flags go missing from Maverick's jacket in new Top Gun movie that has Chinese co-producers

Film edits and cuts were also made to please the country as Tom Cruise’s jacket decorated with Japanese and Taiwanese flags were left out of an updated version of Top Gun

At the end of his segment, Tapper criticized Hollywood for appeasing China as it ratchets up military pressure on Taiwan and continues to lord over Hong Kong and Tibet. He described the industry’s bending to the country’s whims as ‘whitewashing for gold.’  

For instance, the role of a Tibetan monk was changed to a character of Celtic descent, portrayed by Tilda Swinton, for the Marvel film Doctor Strange to avoid offending Chinese citizens. 

Film edits and cuts were also made to please the country when Tom Cruise’s jacket decorated with Japanese and Taiwanese flags were left out of an updated version of Top Gun.

An episode of the Simpsons that took place in China was taken off Disney+ in Hong Kong due to a joke that was made about the country. 

The Hollywood film industry was also slammed after the live-action remake of the Disney classic Mulan was filmed in the Xinjiang region, near where the internment camps. 

Major studios in Hollywood now live in dread of offending China. Disney, Hollywood’s biggest film studio, is today squirming over its own embarrassing kowtowing to China with its new blockbuster Mulan

Major studios in Hollywood now live in dread of offending China. Disney, Hollywood’s biggest film studio, is today squirming over its own embarrassing kowtowing to China with its new blockbuster Mulan 




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