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Today’s post is from u/lebbe who provides a list of major brands that are censoring Chinese politics.
Business Hall of Bootlickers:
- Activision Blizzard: banned player for supporting Hong Kong democracy protest. Confiscated all his winnings. Fired the 2 casters who interviewed him.
- Apple: censors Taiwan flag emoji in iOS in Hong Kong & Macau
- Apple (partial entry): censored Hong Kong protest map from App Store. Relented after it turned into a PR mess, now letting the app into App Store.
- Vans: censors pro-HK democracy design in its shoe design competition
- NBA (partial entry): rebuked Rockets manager for his “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” tweet, saying NBA was “extremely disappointed with Morey’s inappropriate comment.” Backpedalled after this turned into a PR nightmare, now saying they support Morey’s freedom of speech.
- Disney / ESPN: forbids any mention of Chinese politics when discussing Rockets manager’s tweet supporting HK freedom. ESPN talking heads castigated Morey for sending the tweet & speculated about his sincerity, but they absolutely will not talk what caused the tweet: China’s encroachment on HK and the resultant HK protest
- Viacom / Paramount: censors Taiwan flag from the jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the new “Top Gun” movie
- Disney / Marvel: censored Tibetan monk from “Doctor Strange” and turned him into a white woman. Per the movie’s screenwriter: “if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit“. Now you can’t even acknowledge that Tibet is a place lest our Chinese overlord be displeased.
- ASICS, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fresh, Givenchy, Pocari Sweat, Valentino, Versace, Swarovski: details here
- Marriott: apologized to China & changed “Taiwan” to “Taiwan, China” in its hotel listings after China threw a hissy fit
- Nike: removed all Houston Rockets related products from their China webstore after Rockets manager tweeted “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong”
- Activision Blizzard: cut livestream when American University team held up “Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizzard” in solidarity with the banned HK player.
- Apple: handed over iCloud data and encryption keys to China
- Riot Games: censors the words “Hong Kong”, forcing their casters to refer to the team “Hong Kong Attitude” as “HKA”. Also canceled live interview with team “Hong Kong Attitude” and replaced it with prerecorded session to make sure they didn’t say anything to support HK democracy.
- Cathay Pacific: fired large number of employees for supporting HK democracy protests. Its flight attendants union head was fired for posting on Facebook in support of the protests
- Apple: minimized the seriousness of iOS exploits that enabled China to track Uyghurs, when over a million of them are already rounded up by China in concentration camps
- Google: censored pro-HK democracy game “The Revolution of Our Times” from Google Play because it was about a “sensitive event“.
- Gap: apologized to China for selling T-shirts IN CANADA that didn’t include Taiwan & South China Sea islands as part of China
- Tiffany: removed tweet showing a model covering one eye after Chinese consumers accused it of supporting Hong Kong protesters & “defaming” China
- Marriott: fired employee who liked tweet from an Tibetan group
After decades of opening up wide the Western market to China while turning a blind eye to rampant Chinese IP thefts, forced tech transfers, and protectionism, we are looking at widespread control of Western businesses by China. Businesses that are not under outright Chinese control are still kowtowing to China out of sheer fear of China’s retaliation.
This is just a very incomplete list of what we’re seeing publicly. Imagine how bad it really is behind closed doors.
- Mercedes: apologized for “hurting the feelings” of the people of China for quoting Dalai Lama on Instagram
- American Airlines, Delta, United: deleted any mention of Taiwan as a country from their websites after China gave them the order
- Audi: apologized for using an “incorrect geographical map” of China that left off Taiwan
- Muji: destroyed store catalogs that contain an “incorrect” map of China
- Zara: apologized for listing Taiwan as a country on its website
- Medtronic: apologized for publishing “illegal content” that listed “Republic of China (Taiwan)” as a country on its website
- Ray-Ban: changed its website description of “Taiwan” & “Hongkong” to “China Taiwan” & “China Hongkong”
- Qantas, Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA: changed “Taiwan” to “Taiwan China” on their websites afetr China gave them the order
- TikTok: censored videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong
- Sheraton: banned Taiwan National Day event after China embassy gave it the order. China called the Taiwan National Day celebration “illegal and a crime against international law“
- Disney: shrank or removed non-white characters from Chinese poster of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
- Philadelphia Sixers: ejected fans from game for supporting Hong Kong democracy
- Matt Stone & Trey Parker: South Park “Band in China”. Then issued an official apology to China: “Like the NBA, we welcome the chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look just like Winnie the Pooh at all.“
- Red Bull: released a video supporting protests for freedom and liberty
- Ubisoft: listened to fan complaints and said “no” to China censor after initially indicating they would tone down content of “Rainbow Six: Siege” to be China-compliant.
- Leica: released ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests. Censored by China & harassed by nationalistic Chinese Internet users