This is a corruption story with several layers of nastiness.
At the basic level, Xi’s party tried to use a token Ughyur athlete as a political prop to push back against the criticism of the fact that China currently has concentration camps for political prisoners in which all manner of atrocities occur, including rape and forced sterilization of women, and a workforce of slave labor from which a number of Multi-national corporations (Nike among them) directly benefit.
If you want to know more about the Uighurs (alternate spelling), here are a couple of our many stories on that topic to get you started, including one that was primarily about PPE, but specifically called out some big corps by name further down.
- REPORT: China Is Using Uighur Labor To Produce Face Masks And PPE For Export Worldwide
- COURAGE: Celtics’s Enes Kanter Calls Out Xi, Nike & Lebron Over China’s Slave State
- In Light Of China’s Ethnic Cleansing, Is It Time To Recognize ‘East Turkistan’ As An Occupied Nation?
The IOC leveraged Twitter’s copyright policy to pull down footage of the torch lighting.
The International Olympic Committee or its representatives successfully lobbied Twitter to remove a viral clip showing a Uyghur athlete lighting the Olympic flame with commentary from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie amid U.S. allegations of Uyghur genocide, the Big Tech company said.
The video was disabled by Twitter by Saturday morning, and it now says that “this media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
…The IOC also indicated that it was behind the video’s removal.
“As the clip contained audiovisual content from the Olympic Games, it contravened the exclusive rights that the IOC has granted to Rights Holding Broadcasters, and therefore was subject to an automated takedown procedure,” an IOC spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “The video images from the Opening Ceremony can be found on the platforms of the Rights Holding Broadcasters.” — WashingtonExaminer
The IOC wouldn’t dare do anything to anger their dear leader, Xi after all.\
Chinese Press, predictably, told a different story.
Dinigeer Yilamujiang, a cross-country skier of Uygur descent representing China, was not picked as one of the two final torch-bearers at the opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Games for her ethnicity, the International Olympic Committee, has said.
Yilamujiang inserted the last torch in the Olympic cauldron on Friday, prompting some to speculate whether China was using her to respond to accusations that it violated human rights of Uygurs in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, which China repeatedly denied. —scmp
Right. Can’t forget that.
What was it Guthrie said in her viral tweet?
“This moment is quite provocative,” Guthrie said during the Friday broadcast on NBC. “It’s a statement from the Chinese President Xi Jinping to choose an athlete from the Uyghur minority. It is an in-your-face response to those Western nations, including the U.S., who have called this Chinese treatment of that group genocide and diplomatically boycotted these games. There will be much discussion about this.” — WashingtonExaminer
That’s all well and good, Samantha, but it WAS your network that sold its soul to air the Genocide Games. This bandwagon criticism of China is a day late and a dollar short.
With that backstory… fans of 80s action flicks will remember The Running Man, which is featured in this jab at Xi’s attempt to use the Games to rehabilitate their well-earned reputation of being a genocidal slave state.
— Prison Mitch (@MidnightMitch) February 4, 2022
Clearly, China really does care what the world thinks of them.
Which makes ridicule a very powerful weapon. Xi has thinner skin than Jim Acosta. (This is, after all, the tyrant who banned Winnie The Pooh because of a Pooh/Tigger meme poking fun at him and Obama.)
Speaking of powerful weapons…
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.