This Tuesday, May 25, ‘Fast & Furious’ star John Cena apologized on the Chinese regime’s social network, Weibo, for referring to Taiwan as a country, after receiving numerous criticisms from Chinese communist netizens.
At first one might think that the actor might want to make nice with the large number of “Chinese fans” he has, since ‘Fast & Furious 9’ grossed $136 million in its opening weekend in the Asian giant, a record figure for a Hollywood movie released in China during the pandemic, according to CNN.
However, given the backdrop of the Chinese regime’s censorship and pressure on the world over Taiwan and other issues they don’t want to be brought to light.
About the timely fact. John Cena was interviewed in Chinese by the Taiwanese TV station TVBS, which is promoting the movie on Taiwanese soil, in which he said, “Taiwan is the first country that can see F9”.
These words were the ones that generated the anger of the “Chinese Internet users” and led Cena to record a video in Mandarin in which he apologizes.
The actor regretted his “mistake” and said, “I must say, which is very very important, that I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I am very sorry for my mistake. I apologize.”
This response did not convince the apparent angry ones, as they continued to attack the actor with new messages, such as this one:
“Please say ‘Taiwan is part of China’ in Chinese, otherwise we will not accept it.”
It should be noted that Taiwan is a democratic and autonomous island as it has been governed separately from the Chinese communist regime for more than 70 years, after the end of the civil war, even though China claims it as part of its territory.
Regarding the background of the apology, the Chinese regime has a lot of experience in this type of situation. As a first point, it has an army of trolls on social networks who act on publications that the government considers sensitive and seek to change public opinion.
This point would raise doubts about who are the Chinese users of social networks who questioned Cena’s words and may even have been incited by the army of trolls of the Chinese regime.
Another aspect to take into account is the importance that China has today as a market for Hollywood and there is the case of Mulan, part of the movie was filmed in Xinjiang province, where the Chinese regime carries out persecution and slaughter of Uighurs and other minorities.
This movie brought many controversies and the dissident Chinese journalist, Helen Raleigh, denounced that Disney worked together with the Chinese regime authorities to make the script and that they changed the message of the movie to promote loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.
In addition, the Chinese government is allegedly giving large sums of money to Hollywood to impose pro-communist propaganda in the films, according to Senator Cotton.
Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to think that the Chinese Communist Party has pressured Hollywood so that John Cena has to apologize for telling a truth that is not to the liking of the communist leaders.