NBA basketball players can criticize any government they want as long as it’s not China’s. From John Stossel at townhall.com:
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Teenage basketball star Enes Kanter was shocked when his teammate criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook.
“Dude, what are you doing?” he exclaimed. He feared his teammate would be jailed.
Kanter is from Turkey, where, as Kanter explains in my new video, people who criticize the president do go to jail.
His teammates laughed at him. “They were explaining to me about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, expression, freedom of protest.”
That inspired him.
When Turkey’s president shut down news outlets, Kanter decided, “I’m going to say something about it.”
He tweeted, wrote op-eds, gave interviews.
Turkey’s authoritarian rulers retaliated. They jailed his father. “They wanted to set an example, this is what happens if you talk against the Turkish government.”
The NBA supported his protest. “(NBA commissioner) Adam Silver texted me twice and said, ‘Whatever you need, we are here for you. Keep doing what you’re doing.'”
But then he criticized China. Slightly. He wrote, “Free Tibet” on his basketball shoes.
Respect is the lifeblood of any organization.
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The NBA is putting profit before principle. It would be altogether fitting and proper if it lost both respect and money from its current attempt to kowtow to the Chinese government. From Jon Rappaport at nomorefakenews.com:
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Let’s get one thing straight. The Chinese people, whether they appear happy or sad, support their government because they’re controlled. After generations of being beaten down, the population bows the head and bends the knee to slave masters. Call that freedom if you want to.
And if you really believe the situation in America is no better than the system in China, even with the amount of censorship alive and well in America, even with the rigging of this economy, try an experiment. Move to China and start publishing articles relentlessly critical of the government there. See what happens. Be sure to leave a copy of your last Will and Testament at home.
The Chinese government is sensitive to cartoons. You can go to jail for saying Xi Jingping looks like Winnie the Pooh, and now a South Park episode has been banned. From Nicole Hao at theepochtimes.com:
The most recent episode of the U.S. comedy cartoon show South Park, ‘Band in China,’ has been banned in China. Its content touched on politically sensitive topics for the Beijing regime: Hollywood kowtowing to Chinese censorship in exchange for market access; and China’s human rights abuses, such as forced organ harvesting and extrajudicial killings.
“[Chinese leader] Xi [Jinping] doesn’t look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10,” South Park’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote in a statement on Oct. 7.
“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” the statement reads. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”
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