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catsudon

(864 posts)
Tue May 25, 2021, 06:48 PM May 2021

'F9' Star John Cena Angers Fans in China for Calling Taiwan a Country, Despite Apology

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Source: Variety

“F9” star John Cena apologized to Chinese fans Tuesday after calling Taiwan a country in a promotional interview, but many viewers in the world’s largest film market have deemed his beseeching appeal for forgiveness insufficient.

Speaking with the Taiwanese news channel TVBS earlier this month, the professional wrestler — who has been learning Chinese for over a decade — said in Mandarin that Taiwan would be the “first country” able to watch the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. The release in Taiwan was originally scheduled for May 18, three days before China and more than five weeks ahead of its June 25 U.S. debut, but it has been delayed indefinitely due to a worsening in local COVID-19 conditions.

Read more: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/john-cena-taiwan-china-f9-1234981384/



Geez, Why is John apologizing for speaking the truth? did he suddenly lost his spine like LeBron?

he should ask Chinese people why they have to use 'international' line when flying to taiwan, instead of domestic.
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'F9' Star John Cena Angers Fans in China for Calling Taiwan a Country, Despite Apology (Original Post) catsudon May 2021 OP
Reads like a headline from The Onion inwiththenew May 2021 #1
This is a source of argument for my wife and I for years. AZLD4Candidate May 2021 #2
i understand, when catsudon May 2021 #6
I think the CCP finds it useful to hang on to this claim. maxsolomon May 2021 #8
Are the Chinese people angry or is the Chinese government angry? Two different things. LonePirate May 2021 #3
This is ridiculous. Haggard Celine May 2021 #4
Movie politics...China is a huge market nt EX500rider May 2021 #5
The 'Fast' sequels are one of the few movies with a racially diverse cast that does well in China. Yavin4 May 2021 #7
My Instant Reaction? GB_RN May 2021 #9
Come on, Cena. Get a spine. oldsoftie May 2021 #10
Locking JudyM May 2021 #11

inwiththenew

(979 posts)
1. Reads like a headline from The Onion
Tue May 25, 2021, 06:57 PM
May 2021

AZLD4Candidate

(6,010 posts)
2. This is a source of argument for my wife and I for years.
Tue May 25, 2021, 07:17 PM
May 2021

Being Chinese, she says Taiwan is part of China. I keep asking how that is possible since you have to pass through customs, they have their own laws, money, and elections.

She just burps back to CCP line without thought.

catsudon

(864 posts)
6. i understand, when
Tue May 25, 2021, 08:40 PM
May 2021

i was in school back in taiwan, we were also drilled into our head that mainland china is part of Republic of China and one day we would go and reclaim the mainland.

now the truth is. CCP can easily give up Taiwan as they did with Mongolia, which used to be an 'unbreakable' part of China, and that was definitely part of China with longer history.

maxsolomon

(33,894 posts)
8. I think the CCP finds it useful to hang on to this claim.
Tue May 25, 2021, 10:39 PM
May 2021

They've been strategic and patient; they assimilated Macau, they're assimilating Hong Kong. If they have to wait 30, 50 years to retake Taiwan, they've got plenty of time.

They're busy building ports all over the Developing world while we're playing with our dicks on the Internet and giving Billionaires tax cuts.

LonePirate

(13,724 posts)
3. Are the Chinese people angry or is the Chinese government angry? Two different things.
Tue May 25, 2021, 07:25 PM
May 2021

Haggard Celine

(16,928 posts)
4. This is ridiculous.
Tue May 25, 2021, 07:28 PM
May 2021

He should never have apologized for that. I'm sure the people who are promoting Fast and Furious told him he had to, though. The Chinese need to accept the fact that Taiwan is a nation of its own now. If they can't handle that, fuck them.

EX500rider

(11,014 posts)
5. Movie politics...China is a huge market nt
Tue May 25, 2021, 07:33 PM
May 2021

Yavin4

(35,582 posts)
7. The 'Fast' sequels are one of the few movies with a racially diverse cast that does well in China.
Tue May 25, 2021, 09:55 PM
May 2021

Doing well in China goes a long way towards the budget for most movies and not doing well in China is used a road block for more diversity in films.

GB_RN

(2,643 posts)
9. My Instant Reaction?
Tue May 25, 2021, 11:17 PM
May 2021

Who gives a crap? The whole world knows Taiwan is its own country. It’s all kabuki theater but we can’t let the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship get their fee-fees hurt over what the whole world knows is true. They’re kinda like ReupubliQons WRT tRump and the election in this regard.

oldsoftie

(13,108 posts)
10. Come on, Cena. Get a spine.
Wed May 26, 2021, 07:04 AM
May 2021

Hollywood is as weak as major league sports like MLB & the NBA when it comes to standing up to thugs.
Funny how they want to appear so "woke" when its US issues but weak as a spaghetti noodle when it has to do with anyone ELSE
All a show

JudyM

(29,424 posts)
11. Locking
Wed May 26, 2021, 10:31 AM
May 2021

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