John Cena, the professional wrestler and star of the newest “Fast and Furious” movie, apologized to Chinese fans and professed his “love” to China on Tuesday after he faced backlash for calling Taiwan a country during a promotional interview.
In a video posted on Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform, Cena apologized in Mandarin for a statement he made in an interview with the Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS, where he said “Taiwan is the first country that can watch the film.”
The remarks prompted ire from Chinese fans, touching on a sensitive geopolitical issue between Taiwan, a self-governed island, and China, which considers it a breakaway territory that must be reined in.
“I made a mistake,” Cena said in the video. “I have to say something right now, that is so, so, so, so important: I love and respect China and Chinese people,” he added without referring specifically to Taiwan.
Cena could have apologized as Trey Parker and Matt Stone did in 2019. He should have stated something similar to "I deeply apologize if I offended China because I didn't realize a place with 'its own constitution, democratically-elected leaders, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces' is not a country."
He's not the first guy to genuflect before the Communist Chinese regime. Even LeBron "King" James, who is bigger than the National Basketball Association, who broke NBA protocol while pimping for a liquor company, has chosen to bow down to the Butchers of Beijing. You'd almost think John Cena, NBA superstars, and American corporations are more concerned with piling up wealth than in concentration camps and worldwide pandemics.