Douglas Andrews / May 27, 2021

John Cena Disgraces Himself — and His Industry

The Hollywood star’s nauseating apology showed just how beholden Hollywood is to communist China.

And we thought NBAer LeBron James was a money-grubbing, bootlicking ChiCom stooge.

Earlier this week, in a deeply disgraceful bit of kowtowing, former Hollywood tough guy John Cena not only one-upped James, he made him look like a piker, an amateur, a B-lister. For the sin of having merely mentioned the very real country of Taiwan, which exists in all its independent and free-market glory right there across the South China Sea from democracy-crushing, organ-extracting, COVID-coverupping China, Cena took to the Red Dragon’s state-controlled version of Twitter to beg forgiveness for having accidentally uttered a simple, empirical, geographic truth.

As Daniel Victor of the commie-sympathizing New York Times reports, “John Cena, the professional wrestler and a star of ‘F9,’ the latest installment in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, apologized to fans in China on Tuesday after he referred to Taiwan as a country while giving a promotional interview. Joining a long list of celebrities and companies that have profusely apologized after taking an errant step through China’s political minefields, Mr. Cena posted a video apology in Mandarin on Weibo, a Chinese social network.”

Said Cena to the ChiComs, “I made a mistake in one of my interviews. … I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies.”

Trust us: It sounds even worse in the original Mandarin. Three times he mentioned that he’d made a mistake, but he never once explained what the mistake was. Clearly, that wasn’t in the script that they’d approved for him. But at least he was clean-shaven, which is a considerable improvement on most hostage videos.

Why would Cena grovel like this? Why would he debase himself so thoroughly? Doesn’t he have a family and friends? Doesn’t he have any kind of a reputation to protect? We all know the answer: He and his Hollywood ilk are addicted to Chinese cash. “F9” took in a healthy $163 million from just eight foreign markets last weekend, but, as the Daily Wire’s Megan Basham notes, “There was just one problem. More than 80% of those earnings — $136 million — came from a single nation: China. It’s ironic, given the source of COVID-19, that 2020 marked a troubling milestone for American movies. It was the first year in history they collectively made more money in China than at home.”

Think about that. Chinese audiences are becoming more important to Hollywood than American audiences.

Unfortunately for Cena, his ChiCom bootlicking has gotten plenty of attention beyond conservative media. Comedian JP Sears took to Facebook to impersonate Cena, saying, “I’d like to sincerely apologize to the CCP for calling the country of Taiwan a country. I couldn’t be more sorry, have smaller testicles, or have less bravery.”

The New York Post’s Kyle Smith, though, said it best: “It’s a pitiful thing to see a strong man cry. It’s a sickening thing to see a man body-slam himself, then twist his own arm behind his back and make himself tap out. … It would have been an embarrassing display of cowardice for an asthmatic muskrat. But for Cena … what is the point of having muscles carved out of granite if your moral fortitude rates at the same level as overcooked linguine?”

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