“Democracy and freedom are being crushed there, and China doesn’t want anyone to talk about it. And because so much money is involved, no one does,” Maher laments.
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher tore into the “little devil” corporations and celebrities who’ve kowtowed to Communist China in exchange for access to its huge market, declaring that they’re now China’s “bitch.”
“Now, if you’ve been like me over the past few weeks, glued to your TV watching the Olympics, that makes exactly two of us. We knew there were shithole countries, but who knew there was a shithole superpower?” Maher began during his “New Rule” segment on Friday.
After pointing to China’s many human rights abuses, Maher reamed America’s elites for ignoring them in favor of money.
“America is not close to that, and it’s a cynical dodge to pretend that China’s sins should be overlooked because we all do it,” Maher explained. “No. In 1997, Britain returned Hong Kong to China with an agreement…from Beijing that Hong Kong could retain its free press, honest courts, and democratic government. Well, they lied. Democracy and freedom are being crushed there, and China doesn’t want anyone to talk about it. And because so much money is involved, no one does.”
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“Two years ago, when the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted, ‘fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.’ He was forced to apologize,” Maher continued. “In America, we’re supposed to root for democratic government, not apologize for it. But the NBA has a television deal with China worth a billion-and-a-half dollars. So, LeBron James said 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. For years, Google proudly refused to kowtow to Chinese censors, adopting the slogan ‘don’t be evil.’ But the Chinese market proved so lucrative that, well okay, a little evil. 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 then turned his ire to wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, who issued a groveling apology to China after speaking up against its abuses of the Uyghur population.
“And I thought steroids shrunk your balls. Wowee, when a country can make your big, muscly, macho-man action stars grovel in their language, you know you’re somebody’s bitch,” he noted.
“Didn’t Martin Luther King say, an ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’? Can we still quote him? 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,” he concluded.