In a shameful display, wrestler-turned-actor John Cena begged China for forgiveness for referring to Taiwan as a country.
Cena made the comment during an interview promoting the latest “Fast & Furious” film where Cena is apparently getting The Rock’s “sloppy seconds”.
Here’s the video:
Many took issue with Cena’s kowtowing to China, including Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.
Saagar Enjeti frames the issue perfectly for us:
As many of you may know, China only allows a finite number of American films into the Chinese market. With everyone competing for those spots, a hostage-styled video apology may be Cena’s way to salvage his shot at that sweet, sweet Chinese box office filled with blood money.
It seems that Cena’s miscue could come at a worse time. According to Bloomberg, China recently instituted a boycott of some American and European brands that spoke against China’s treatment of Muslim Uyghurs.
That’s why we characterize Cena as “kowtowing” rather than stupidity. If you have watched John Cena over the years, then you may have caught glimpses of Cena’s cold and calculating approach to life. That gives us further reason to believe that Cena’s video is more hypocritical than it is ignorant. Cena, like Lebron James, is an useful idiot for the Chinese agenda because he wants the cash.
Honestly, that makes Cena’s apology all the more disturbing. Because it seems like that Cena knows he is wrong, but is pandering to an oppressive regime for the love of the almighty dollar