A peculiar shift of power has occurred within the international economic community as of late, and cynical Americans are growing concerned over what it could mean for America’s First Amendment.
China, the world’s most populous nation, has undergone a bit of a societal revolution as of late, insomuch as their growing economy has allowed for Chinese citizens to finally possessing dispensable income. With that income, this gargantuan consumer base is gobbling up anything and everything from the world outside of the Far East, including a great deal of American pop culture.
The only problem is that American values and Communist Chinese values don’t always align.
Instead of standing up for what is right in the world, American corporations are caving to China in an effort to keep the revenue flowing. This includes the NBA, who are facing a Chinese boycott after the General Manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted his support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.
In an attempt to save face, the league threw superstar LeBron James out into the mix to essentially defend China, and subvert the American right to free speech.
Comedy Central’s animated hit South Park took James to task for that tail-tucked diatribe, and did so in stunning fashion.
In the episode “Let Them Eat Goo,” trouble hit South Park Elementary when the school adjusted its lunch menu with healthier options to accommodate some students, which didn’t sit well with its outspoken junk food-loving fourth-grader Cartman.
In a fiery confrontation with classmates who advocated for healthier food, a vegan student told Cartman he had “a right to free speech” after Cartman complained their protest was “ruining” his lunch.
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself!” Cartman reacted.
Well, that was what James had told reporters word-for-word on Monday when asked about the ongoing conflict between China and the NBA, which stemmed from a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that expressed support for the Hong Kong protestors.
South Park was itself banned in China after an earlier episode, prophetically entitled “Band in China” took a swipe at Beijing’s influence on American pop culture institutions.
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