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June 28, 2021 (NewsBusters) – Sucking up to China to protect its lucrative cash flow, Nike’s CEO says the American company’s brand is just doing it for China. The Swoosh is now figuratively intertwined with yellow stars on the red Chi-com flag.
Nike chief executive John Donahoe not only defended his woke Oregon-based company’s ties to China, but he also affirmed its competitive advantage in the Asian dictatorship, despite China’s notorious reputation for forced labor in the manufacturing of sports apparel.
“Nike is a brand that is of China and for China,” Donahoe unashamedly and unapologetically said.
Yahoo sports-writer Caroline Downey reported that Donahoe joined Nike in 2020 and has spent much time scoping out its operations in China. Greasing the skids with China, Donahoe said the company’s “biggest asset is consumer equity [in the brand] … it’s real, I saw it in my first week on the job.”
Nike has tried to play it both ways – claiming it opposes China’s forced labor camps and trying to protect its lucrative revenue stream from the evil regime.
On one hand, Nike issued a statement in March expressing concern about reports of forced labor camps in the Xinjiang region. Nike claimed it does not source supplies or products from that part of China. On the contrary, Downey wrote “supply chains are so convoluted that critics have argued Nike can’t guarantee that some of its cotton doesn’t come from forced labor.”
On the other hand, Nike (along with Apple and Coca “Woka” Cola) lobbied to weaken a Congressional bill that would ban the import of Chinese goods suspected of being manufactured by forced laborers. The bill passed House and Senate committees this spring, no thanks to Nike and the other ethically challenged companies mentioned above.
China’s brutal regime continually rejects accusations of human rights abuses despite clear evidence indicting the state, Downey wrote. Complicit Chinese celebrities, including pop star and former Nike brand ambassador Wang Yibo, condemned Nike’s statement of concern as “unfounded smearing.” Calls for boycotts also rang out in China, endangering Nike’s profit stream.
Downey’s report goes on to say:
“As Nike’s market in China continues to grow, it raises questions about how far the company will go to preserve its financial foothold and opportunities for expansion there. Nike’s much delayed reaction to the mistreatment of unskilled workers, mostly of the Uighur Muslim minority, in China indicates a willingness to capitulate to the regime in order to remain lucrative.”
Recent financial reports indicated Nike’s revenues increasing in China, and Donahoe appears to be more concerned about the bottom line than human rights and corporate responsibility. He raved about Nike’s 40-year presence in China and its strong performance there: despite the exploitation of Uighur slaves.
Downey concluded her story by commenting that the timing of Donahoe’s tepid remarks are troubling. Nike, Disney and other American companies engaged in ultra-profitable associations with China are “appeasing and ignoring the Chinese regime’s abuses perpetrated against its own people.”
Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.
Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary's efforts to protect children.
For doing the hard and good thing, Hungary now needs our support.
The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.
This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary's borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.
Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna's (Austria) deputy mayor distributed "Rainbow Family" information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border!
But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has "discriminated" against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.
However, Hungary's Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:
"This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.
In Hungary's view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children's development in a culturally traditional background."
And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary's new law:
"The current left-wing campaign against Hungary is further proof that today, the left is the enemy of freedom, because instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas.
The new Hungarian law does not conflict with any lofty ideals or European laws. The new Hungarian law simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children. Education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents; it must at most be supplementary, its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent.
Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes."
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports the government of Hungary in their passage of this pro-active child protection measure banning LGBT propaganda and pornography for under-18s.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Hungary passes law against homosexuality, prime minister renews vow to ‘protect our children’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-passes-law-against-homosexuality-prime-minister-renews-vow-to-protect-our-children
'Hungary bans promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism to minors' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-bans-promotion-of-homosexuality-transgenderism-to-minors
'EU to take legal action against Hungary’s anti-pedophilia bill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/eu-to-take-legal-action-against-hungarys-anti-pedophilia-bill
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And if Nike is cozying up to the Chinese, it’s no wonder that LeBron James and other athletes seeing big Chinese $$$ signs are keeping their mouths zipped up tight as well. While China shows them the money, they see no evil. As I’ve previously pointed out, these superstar athletes simply refuse to acknowledge the systemic racism in China.