WWE dissapointed with John Cena for apologizing to China after calling Taiwan a country. The Cenation leader has caught a lot of heat since doing so.
John Cena recently referred to Taiwan as a country while speaking to TVBS during a promotional tour for Fast & Furious 9. This sparked an outrage among Chinese fans and their media. The former WWE star apologised shortly, leaving a video message in Mandarin.
John Cena apologized in Chinese on Sina Weibo after calling Taiwan a country during an interview promoting Fast & Furious 9 pic.twitter.com/dzRKIYgEzL
— Joe Xu (@JoeXu) May 24, 2021
“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast & Furious 9 promotions. I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews. Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese… the staff [of the movie] gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information.
“I made one mistake, I have to say something very, very, important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.”
WWE dissapointed with John Cena for apologizing to China after calling Taiwan a country
According to Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast, who broke the news of WWE returning to touring in July, Cena has backstage with the talent and officials because of his apology.
“This John Cena apology is NOT going over well at WWE right now…”
This John Cena apology is NOT going over well at WWE right now…
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) May 25, 2021
According to Zarian, the feeling among the talent is that of dissapointment and the reaction of the board is not positive.
“Disappointment is more the word I heard coming from some talent.”
“The apology bothers [WWE] because they didn’t issue it. It was outside pressure that they have no control over… A lot of the chatter from non executive level status was negative. Personally I don’t know what the boards opinion was but I have heard it’s not positive”
Cena criticised for apologising to China
Cena has also caught flak outside of the WWE with many calling him out for apologizing.
Yeah, John, you were correct. On your bowing to the Chinese Communist Party… I don’t see you!
We must stand with Taiwan and for freedom.https://t.co/e5mqrmz47p
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 25, 2021
A world where #China’s Communist Party controls what Americans can say isn’t some nightmarish future threat
It’s already here https://t.co/hmSsb0UaoL
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 25, 2021
This is stomach turning.https://t.co/XJAU7R6J3f
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 25, 2021
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 25, 2021
Insane. Instead of kowtowing to the Communist Party of China – how about we stand up for our democratic ally Taiwan as they face increasing threats and aggression from General Secretary Xi?https://t.co/6cxRJSc0KG
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) May 25, 2021
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 25, 2021
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