Bill Maher points out absurdity of stars like LeBron James ignoring human rights violations by China to make money

by mcardinal

Savannah Hulsey Pointer, FISM News 


Real Time host Bill Maher had some harsh words for American celebrities that have chosen to “kowtow” to China in the interest of lining their own pockets, Fox News reported. 

Maher made his comments on Friday evening during his monolog where he started by laying into 18-year-old American-born Olympic gold medal skier Eileen Gu, who caused national headlines when she announced she would be competing for China. 

“Is that cool now, to choose to represent a totalitarian police state over America?” Maher asked. “The Olympics pretends to only be about sports, but of course the games have always been a bit of a proxy war for which country has the best system,” Maher asserted, going on to say that Gu had made herself into a “living symbol of China’s triumph over the West” with her decision.

Maher went on to point out the massive human rights violations being perpetrated by China, saying that while “we do have some human rights issues right here at home,” the United States is still a “democracy based on freedom.” By contrast, China is “an authoritarian surveillance state based on ‘How would you like to disappear for a few months?’”

“Like that tennis player [Peng Shuai] who recently vanished for a while when she said she had been raped by a government official. We do still throw too many black people in jail, but perspective matters. China has basically jailed an entire ethnic minority, the Uyghurs, a situation that both the Trump and Biden administrations have called a genocide. America is not close to that. And it’s a cynical dodge to pretend China’s sins should be overlooked because we all do it. No.”

While those atrocities, and others, have been escalating for years, Maher pointed out that no one talks about it because “so much money is involved.” 

“In America, we’re supposed to root for democratic government, not apologize for it!” Maher exclaimed. “But the NBA has a television deal with China worth a billion-and-a-half dollars. So LeBron James said general manager of the NBA‘s the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey needed to be ‘educated on the situation,’ the situation being, ‘I’ve got some shoes to sell.'”

“‘Kowtow’ is a Chinese word but boy, Americans have gotten good at it,” Maher quipped, before moving his monolog to Google, claiming the tech giant implements the Chinese censors in order to have access to China’s massive market. 

“That’s the deal China offers American companies and celebrities: We’ll give you access to our billion-plus consumers as long as you shut up about the whole police-state-genocide thing,” Maher said, going on to remind his viewers of when Cena referred to Taiwan as a separate country, which it is, but that China didn’t care for it, therefore they forced Cena to create an apology video. “When a country can make your big muscly Macho Man action star grovel in their language, you know you’re somebody’s b—-,” Maher quipped. 

“Besides that, the definition of ‘woke’ was supposed to be being alert to injustice in society. But because the ‘woke’ now see race first and everything else never, fear of being accused of racism has given a free pass on human rights abuses to China and any other places that are perceived as non-White. If China was in Europe, would they get away with having concentration camps without more of an outcry from America?”

Maher added, “In 2020, NBA players wore jerseys that said ‘Freedom,’ ‘Speak Up,’ and ‘Justice,’ but I guess those things only matter for home games. Sorry, Uyghurs. Someone has to tell me where we got this rule that you can’t criticize China because I suspect we got it from China. Because after all, it’s where we get everything else.”