Zhang Weili (20-1)— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) August 31, 2019
– Unbeaten since her pro debut (4-0 in the UFC)
– Former Kunlun Fight champ and first UFC champ from East Asia
– 17 career finishes / 11 first-round finishes / 10 knockouts
– Starched Jéssica Andrade in 42 seconds!
This woman is something else. pic.twitter.com/7t9wzTXOGY
The first argument we hear from Chinese nationalists whenever these types of high profile criticisms take place is that “America is worse”. And even though this line of argument is definitely an admission of guilt and a cop out, it also holds truth. Yes the Chinese genocide against Muslims is horrible, but the criticism doesn’t hold much weight coming from countries that wiped out 95% of Native Americans through genocides and invasions that were ongoing up until less than 100 years ago.
But here’s the difference: The overwhelming majority of Americans will readily admit that wiping out Native Americans was a terrible thing to do. If a major American media outlet tries to justify or deny the killing of millions of Native Americans in 2021, they will quickly lose viewership and get sued into oblivion. Chinese media on the other hand both denies and justifies placing Muslim minorities such as Uyghurs in concentration camps. In fact China goes a step further to censor any criticism of the atrocities that its government commits.
But again to be fair to Chinese ride-or-diers and bots, despite condemning its own past wrongdoings, the Unite States still participates in atrocities on the level of the Uyghurs genocides to this day. For instance, the U.S. supported Saudi Arabia in its Yemeni genocide under the Obama, Trump and Biden administrations creating what the United Nation called “the worst famine in 100 years” (Biden promised he “would” stop supporting the war efforts, but that is yet to be seen). Think about that. In a century with contenders like North Korea, Palestine, the Vietnam War, Japan pillaging China, Japan getting Nuked twice, and Uyghurs, the U.N. is saying that the U.S. backed crisis in Yemen is causing the worst famine. I’m not saying the opposition forces in Yemen are angels, but if you’re working with Saudi Arabia to famish civilians and kids worse than North Korea, maybe there’s a better way.
Perhaps the hate towards Chinese athletes and sympathizers is based on their freakishly homogenized, seemingly rehearsed and brainwashed take on current affairs. In American MMA, we have Tyron Woodley who is a Black Lives Matters activist and Colby Covington who still wears a MAGA hat in 2021, both expressing their unique political viewpoints. Even though Woodley and Covington have completely different views, they both clearly state their discontent with their home country government, while simultaneously maintaining their patriotism.