Last week, Hollywood and the National Basketball Association (NBA) were caught in the middle of a firestorm after China’s influence on both subsets of the American entertainment industry were exposed.
Over the weekend, more proof that American entertainment remains under guidelines set forth by the Communist Chinese emerged.
In early 2018 as development on Apple’s slate of exclusive Apple TV+ programming was underway, the company’s leadership gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light, BuzzFeed News has learned. Sources in position to know said the instruction was communicated by Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of internet software and services, and Morgan Wandell, its head of international content development. It was part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to remain in China’s good graces after a 2016 incident in which Beijing shut down Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies six months after they debuted in the country.
China is an important strategic ally for Apple – and many other Western tech companies – as they slash their bottom lines by outsourcing labor to the Communist Chinese, whose labor laws permit child labor for slave wages. Why pay an American worker minimum wage and follow those pesky Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements when you can pay an poor Chinese child pennies per day to work in a sweatshop assembling iPhones?
To wit, Apple is taking orders from the Communist Chinese regime, a brutal dictatorship, and according to BuzzFeed, is cranking out pro-Chinese propaganda on their original programming.
This report comes only days after Apple bent a knee to the Chinese regime and removed an application from the iOS App Store on behalf of the Beijing regime. HKmaps was an application used by Hong Kong protestors to detect heavy police presences and closed down streets. It was helping the Hong Kong protestors in their fight against mainland China for democracy – before Apple nuked it to please its overlords.
China Daily, an official Chinese propaganda outlet for the regime, published veiled threats directed towards the company while the application was still live last week. The next day, Apple removed the application.
Apple CEO Tim Cook blamed the protestors.
“It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill. This case is no different,” he said in an open letter. “This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law. Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm.”
“National and international debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts,” he continued. “In this case, we thoroughly reviewed them, and we believe this decision best protects our users.”
By “protects our users,” Cook really meant “protects our business relationships.”
Meanwhile, the NBA collapsed under the weight of its own “wokeness” after the general manager for the Houston Rockets vocalized his support for the protestors in Hong Kong, and was told to zip it by the league. When the most visibly “woke” players and coaches in the league, like Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors, were asked about whether they supported freedom in Hong Kong, they balked, again in an effort to keep their business relationships intact.
The NBA does a lot of business in China, too, as Fox Sports 1 reporter Jason Whitlock explained on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“I think the cultural impact that China’s influence over a great sport, great American sport like basketball, is just now being exposed and just how dependent the NBA is on the Chinese economy and the Chinese money to put on the appearance of how great the league is doing. Without the Chinese money and without — you really have to understand the shoe companies, Nike, Adidas, they run American basketball from the high school level all the way to the pros and the shoe companies are dependent on the China market and that’s where all of this is coming from,” Whitlock told Carlson.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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