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  • Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena Accidentally called Taiwan a country.

  • Is this the end of his career in mainland China?

  • Welcome to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Did you know American World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena speaks Mandarin Chinese?

  • You want the Chinese version, I'll give you that too.

  • I want the gold belt.

  • I am the champion.

  • I will never give up!

  • Like a lot of people who want to get a foothold in the China market, John Cena began learning

  • Mandarin many years ago.

  • Here he is in 2016 introducing WWE in Mainland China.

  • Please allow me to tell you a little about WWE.

  • The WWE marketspace in China wasn't big in the past.

  • I think this is a bad thing.

  • But the problem with pandering to the China market is...sometimes you have to pander to

  • the China market.

  • And that can get complicated when part of the China market is Taiwan.

  • On May 8, John Cena did a promotional interview on Taiwanese television to promote the upcoming

  • filmFast & Furious 9” —and its world premier in Taiwan.

  • Taiwan will be the first country to see 'Fast & Furious 9.'”

  • I know, you're shocked.

  • There's going to be a Fast & Furious NINE?!

  • How many of these freaking movies are they going to make?!

  • How do you outdo a submarine car chase?

  • Also shocking: John Cena just called Taiwan a country.

  • Taiwan will be the first country...”

  • And now John Cena is being canceled in mainland China.

  • Because inadvertently referring to Taiwan as a country instead of a region one time

  • in a language he's just learning to speak...is enough to spark outrage among mainland China's

  • butt-hurt online commentators.

  • You know who you are.

  • You're the ones writing angry comments below this video right now.

  • But before you do, let me just say one thing: Taiwan...is...a...country.

  • It has its own independent, democratic government.

  • It was never part of the People's Republic of China.

  • Taiwan is a country.

  • Now you can finish writing those angry comments.

  • But unlike me, John Cena still has dreams of being in the China market.

  • And that's why instead of defending his comments, he apologized.

  • Hello China, this is John Cena, I have something I must say.

  • During the promotion of Fast & Furious 9 I've done tons and tons of interviews, but made

  • one mistake.

  • I need to say now, it's very very very very very important how much I love and respect

  • China and Chinese people.

  • I am very sorry for my mistake.

  • I am very sorry.

  • Sorry.

  • Bye.

  • John Cena is not afraid to take on Vin Diesel man to man... but he sure wusses out when

  • it comes to the China market.

  • Speaking of Vin Diesel, my favoring Chinese state-run media, The Global Times, contrasted

  • the two men, sayingVin Diesel said he was grateful to Chinese mainland audiences

  • for supporting the Fast and Furious series, which led him to do something unprecedented:

  • He asked the film company to release Fast & Furious 9 in the Chinese mainland first,

  • as a way of thanking mainland fans.”

  • Hello my brothers and sisters in China.

  • I am Vin Diesel.

  • Finally I am here.”

  • So, now Fast & Furious 9 opens in mainland China first, instead of Taiwan.

  • Although technically, that's because Taiwan closed theaters due to a recent spike in Covid-19—a

  • plague that came from mainland China...like political correctness.

  • Speaking of the plague of political correctness, this brouhaha over John Cena's comments

  • are part of a long-standing problem for anyone who wants to do business in the China market.

  • It's one of the strongest tactics used by Chinese state-run media to manipulate public

  • opinion or put pressure on brands and businesses.

  • Back in 2016, Tzuyu, a Taiwanese member of the famous K-pop group Twice, was seen waving

  • the ROC flag on a television show.

  • And then her agency, JYP Entertainment, allegedly coerced her into publishing an apology video.

  • There is only one China.

  • The two sides of the strait are one body.

  • I have always identified as a Chinese person, and a proud one at that.

  • (pause…)

  • Wow, that looks sincere.

  • Interestingly enough, that controversy happened right before Taiwan's 2016 elections.

  • The forced apology video didn't really help cross-strait relations.

  • Taiwan election analysts have said the issue may have contributed as much as 1 to

  • 2 percent of the electorate's vote to Ms Tsai, whose DPP traditionally backs independence

  • for the self-governed island.”

  • And the list goes on.

  • Taiwanese actress Vivian Sung issued an apology after being caught calling Taiwan her 'Favorite

  • Country' in an old interview.

  • Zara apologized for simply listing Taiwan as a country on its website.

  • More recently in 2020, “two virtual Japanese YouTube hosts were suspended... from live-streaming

  • for three weeksby their talent agency.

  • The suspension came after the pair included Taiwan on a list of countries that had contributed

  • the most to their subscribers, and displayed [Taiwan's] national flag.”

  • So even virtual, animated people can be cancelled for calling Taiwan a country.

  • A South Korean variety TV show was also boycotted by Chinese viewers for showing a Taiwanese

  • flag on a game board, posted next to a Chinese PRC flag.

  • Apologizing to China has almost become the norm over the years for everyone in the entertainment

  • industry.

  • Very few people can stand up to that kind of pressure.

  • Except me, of course.

  • But the trick is...I'm not very entertaining.

  • But what actual market impact have John Cena's comments had?

  • I'll tell you after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • The public outrage over John Cena calling Taiwan a country shows just how much the China

  • market can be manipulated to punish foreigners.

  • Overnight, the approval rating for 'Fast And Furious 9' dropped by 2%.

  • Before, it was predicted that the final box office of 'Fast and Furious 9' could

  • reach 2.3 billion yuan.

  • But due to the careless speech, the box office forecast has dropped to 1.5 billion.'”

  • As other articles put it, “Fast And Furious 9 Villain John Cena, Speaks Chinese Well,

  • Likes Laoganma [hot sauce], Yet Supports Taiwan?”

  • There are too many 'two-faced celebrities' from foreign countries, and they always want

  • to come to the mainland only to make money.

  • Their friendly behavior towards China is not sincere.”

  • Even after John Cena's apology, some Chinese people just didn't buy it.

  • You better say, in Chinese, 'Taiwan is part of China', or else we will not accept

  • your apology.”

  • “I'm going to pass out.

  • In Taiwan, he says Taiwan province is a country.

  • In the Mainland, he says he respects Chinese people.

  • How two-faced.

  • I don't understand why Chinese people should tolerate him.

  • He's profiting from Chinese people's money with such an unclear political stance, and

  • yet people will still watch his movies?

  • What generation is this!”

  • Of course there were some people who focused on educating the pro wrestler.

  • Remember from now on, Taiwan is a part of China, Hong Kong is a part of China, they

  • were never independent countries.”

  • “I applaud you for your fast and serious response in standing up to admit your errors.

  • If you could record yourself saying Taiwan is a part of China, that would be even better.

  • I hope you enjoy China and can spend more time understanding China.”

  • Well I'm sure he understands China much better nowafter seeing how one sentence

  • has nearly jeopardized the access to China he's worked so hard for.

  • John Cena is the perfect example of what happens when optimistic foreigners think they can

  • have a future in the China market.

  • You spend years learning the language, and building relationships.

  • But it's always a ticking time bomb.

  • And John Cena's day just happened to come.

  • And this is actually a gift to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • They don't really care what John Cena said.

  • You can't offend this man.

  • It's just an opportunity to make a famous foreigner get down on his knees and beg.

  • And it's a lesson to other foreigners to toe the Party line.

  • And now it's time to answer a question from you, viewers who support China Uncensored

  • by contributing through the crowd-funding website Patreon.

  • Aladin Masic asks: "If Xi Jinping was to die from 'natural causes' what would happen

  • to the CCP: continue as normal, or a 180?

  • Xi Jinping's death would mean what for China?"

  • Interesting question, Aladin.

  • This has been a topic of much debate.

  • For example, this think tank essay called The Longer Telegram argues that China would

  • be better without Xi Jinping.

  • That it could reform, if only Xi Jinping were removed.

  • That...is stupid.

  • I'm not defending Xi Jinping.

  • He's done some very bad things.

  • Like lock up Uyhgurs in concentration camps.

  • But all the bad things Xi Jinping has done are just extensions of the terrible things

  • the CCP has been doing for more than 70 years.

  • Like lock up intellectuals.

  • And lock up democracy advocates.

  • And lock up Falun Gong.

  • And lock up Tibetans.

  • Every Chinese leader has at least one group they arbitrarily go after as a way to maintain

  • power.

  • The chance of the Chinese Communist Party reforming itself and becoming a liberal democracy

  • after Xi Jinping dies...is less than my chance of teaming up with John Cena in the next big

  • China movie.

  • So don't fall for it.

  • Regardless of what happens to Xi Jinping, the fundamental problem is the Chinese Communist

  • Party.

  • It's rotten to the core.

  • On the plus side, at least we have Taiwan.

  • Which is a country.

  • Thanks for your question, Aladin.

  • And thank you for watching.

  • Go to Patreon.com/ChinaUncensored and learn how you can support China Uncensored with

  • as little as a dollar per episode.

  • The link is below.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Thanks for watching.

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena Accidentally called Taiwan a country.

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