Filmmaker Judd Apatow has finally said what has long been known about Hollywood: They are bought out by Communist China.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Apatow said Hollywood as a whole cannot produce content critical of China due to the amount of money the country gives their businesses.
“A lot of these giant corporate entities have business with countries around the world, Saudi Arabia or China, and they’re just not going to criticize them and they’re not going to let their shows criticize them or they’re not going to air documentaries that go deep into truthful areas because they make so much money,” Apatow said via the Daily Wire, adding that the country “completely shut(s) down critical content” on alleged abuses.
Apatow went as far as to admit: “China has bought our silence with their money.”
“Instead of us doing business with China and that leading to China being more free, what has happened is that China has bought our silence with their money,” he said. “What is a result of that is that we never wake up our country or the world, through art or satire, that people are being mistreated in our country or other countries and that’s very dangerous.”
China’s influence over Hollywood has also seemed to have permeated the NBA.
The Daily Wire adds:
Americans got a taste for Chinese censorship last year when an NBA team manager was forced to delete a tweet that expressed support for Hong Kong protesters because it caused a major issue with China.
“The Houston Rockets suddenly find themselves in the middle of a geopolitical controversy that could put their chief front-office executive’s job in jeopardy,” The Ringer reported. “After general manager Daryl Morey expressed support in a since-deleted tweet for pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong, the Chinese government, the Chinese Basketball Association, and various Chinese businesses quickly denounced Morey and moved to sever ties with the Rockets. As a consequence, league sources told The Ringer that Rockets ownership has debated Morey’s employment status and whether to replace him.”
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According to the report, NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass also apologized for Morey.
In a statement, he said the comment was not representative as the NBA as a whole and that, instead, the sport has “great respect for the history and culture of China.”
“We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable,” Bass said.
“While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them,” he continued.
“We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together,” Bass concluded.