The NBA’s Full-Court Drama with China | The Daily Show


The NBA. 29 of the world’s
best basketball teams, and, also, the Knicks. (laughter, groaning) The regular season
hasn’t even kicked off yet, but there’s already been a ton
of drama. Now, if you haven’t been
keeping up, last week, the general manager
of the Houston Rockets posted a tweet in support of the pro-democracy protests
in Hong Kong. And the NBA quickly put out a
statement distancing themselves from that tweet. What was funny about this,
though, was that the English version of
the statement was very different from what
it was being translated to for the Chinese Internet. So, like, in English, the
statement was basically like, “Hey, China,
we’re sorry you’re offended.” But then, the Mandarin was like,
“Rest assured, China, we will feed this man
to the wolves.” But then, here in America,
people were pissed that the NBA was kowtowing
to China, right? So yesterday, they went
into damage control mode. And things have only escalated
from there. There’s new fallout this evening in the NBA’s firestorm
with China. MAN: The NBA tonight fighting
back after being blasted for caving to China’s
communist government. Commissioner Adam Silver
defending Houston Rockets’ GM
Daryl Morey. We are not apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression. MAN 2: Shortly after Adam Silver
voiced the league’s support for free speech, fresh backlash from the communist regime
in Beijing. MAN 1: China’s government
tonight digging in, cancelling a Brooklyn Nets
event at a Shanghai school. MAN 3: In the last few hours,
China has started pulling down Lakers
and Nets signage. MAN 2: At least two
major Chinese retailers have pulled
Houston Rockets’ merchandise from their websites. China state TV said
it won’t broadcast or stream NBA pre-season games
in China. Oh, no! Not the pre-season! No! (laughter) Nobody cares
about the pre-season games. Fans in America are like,
“Can you ban them here, as well? Can you, uh…?” Yeah, the pre-season is just,
like, the boring stuff we’re forced to sit through
before the main event. Like, China banning pre-season is like Disney getting rid
of its lines. Just like,
“I’m sorry, but you’ll have “to go straight
to the rides from now on! I wish it didn’t come to this!” “Oh, no.” Still, though,
China is seriously pissed off about the tweet, right? And they’re also pissed off
about the response from the NBA. And they aren’t just taking
pre-season games off the air. They’re also cancelling
NBA events, they’re ripping down
NBA signs everywhere. In fact, like,
everything NBA-related is basically banned. Yeah. No basketball, no LeBron.
In fact, no jumping. Yeah. You see a puddle, you just walk
right through that shit. (laughter) And you can have donuts,
but no Dunkin’. And all office workers in China, if you need to throw something
in the trash, none of this.
No buzzer beaters. You get out, and you just
place it gently in the bin. (laughter) So China is basically going
to war with the NBA, all because of a single tweet. And as surprising
as that may seem to some people, the truth is, this kind of thing
has been happening between China
and American companies a lot. The NBA not the only one feeling
the heat, either. U.S. jeweler Tiffany
also under fire after tweeting an image of a
Chinese model covering one eye with people believing
it was done in solidarity with those Hong Kong protests. Nike,
bowing to pressure from Beijing, pulling a sneaker
from the Chinese market. MAN: Activision has suspended a
professional video game player and taken away his prize money. Apple took the Taiwan emoji off
its keyboard if you are in Hong Kong
or Macao. MAN: Marriott apologized
to the Chinese government. WOMAN: Versace, Givenchy,
and Coach issued apologizes. MAN: Mercedes-Benz is offering
an apology. WOMAN: The Gap issued
a sincere apology. WOMAN 2:
Delta saying, “We apologize deeply
for the mistake.” Damn. China gets offended
by a lot of shit. They’re like
that one guy at work who takes everything personally. You’re just like,
“Hey, man, I like your shoes.” Like, “Oh, wow. So you don’t
like looking at me feet?” “Uh, no, I-I do like your feet”” “Gross. You’re a pervert.” Now here’s the thing. The truth is,
these companies don’t have to take orders from China
about what to say or how to act, but they do it
because nobody wants to lose access
to a billion Chinese customers. It’s a powerful incentive. So powerful, in fact, that China’s influence
is affecting how Americans can act
on American soil. NEWSWOMAN: Tonight’s game
between the 76ers and China’s team,
the Guangzhou Loong Lions, went on as planned
as an international firestorm hangs over
the Wells Fargo Center. And on the sidelines,
Sam Wachs and his wife held “Free Hong Kong”
and “Free HK” signs that were confiscated by
security in the first quarter. Then, in the second quarter,
both got kicked out of the game when Wachs started yelling,
“Free Hong Kong!” As someone
who used to live there, he supports the movement. That’s right.
Fans in Philadelphia got kicked out
of a basketball game last night for chanting, “Free Hong Kong.” And I didn’t realize
that yelling shit at a basketball game was
against the rules. I mean, that must have been
so confusing for all the other fans,
you know? ‘Cause this guy is there like,
“Free Hong Kong!” And then the guy next to him
was probably like, “Hey, Ben Simmons,
suck a Kardashian (bleep)!” And then security’s like,
“You! Get out! “No, not you.
No, the ‘Free Hong Kong’ guy. “You keep going. That stuff
about the Kardashian (bleep), that was hilarious.
Carry on.” For more
on the complicated relationship between China
and American businesses, we turn to our senior
NBA correspondent, Ronny Chieng, everybody! (cheering, applause) Ronny… this is a really, really
contentious issue right now. What are your thoughts
on all of this? Trevor, this whole thing
is more disappointing than every meal I’ve eaten
at P.F. Chang’s, okay? That place is fake Chinese. I’m so glad General Tso isn’t
around to see what they’ve done. Quite frankly, I’m shocked
at how these American companies have behaved, okay? It’s complete bullshit, and they
should be ashamed of themselves. Wow. Ronny, you know,
this-this takes guts. Like, everyone else seems afraid
to… to speak up about China, but you taking a stand
is very brave. Well, someone has to say it. In fact, I want to talk
to China directly. (clears throat) -(laughter)
-Wow! Ronny, like, I don’t understand
what you’re saying, but I can feel
your passion, man. Tr-Trevor, please,
I’m not finished. Preach, brother, preach! -Whoo!
-(cheering, applause) Wow! Wow. Ronny, that-that is amazing. Did you… did you mention me? ‘Cause, like,
I thought I heard my name. Oh, oh, y-yeah, yeah,
I said you’re… you’re my hero and my friend. (laughter) I’m honored, Ronny. You’re my hero and my friend. How-how do I say that
in Chinese? Oh, uh…
(speaks Chinese) Oh. Close enough. Ronny Chieng, everybody.

100 thoughts on “The NBA’s Full-Court Drama with China | The Daily Show”

  1. North Carolina: We don't want men in women's bathrooms .
    NBA: No All Star Game , Bigots!!!

    China: No Gay Marriage. No LGBT rights.
    NBA: We love you !!!!

  2. One of the few times i actually can agree on what Trevor has to say… maybe that makes people understand what the CCP actually is…

  3. I can’t stand libtards and this talking head guy but we have to come together in this don’t let corporations get away with this

  4. Boy, this is so funny. Amusement aside, in order to prevent escalation, I think that it is better to decouple these two countries. I am really sick and tired of nonsense from both sides.

  5. I have no idea about your freedom. What I know is you should not say the words offensive to others without any proof.

    If you think the reports of CNN, BBC and other medias who are unfriendly to China is dictionary in Hong Kong ptoblem, in my opinion, it's time for you to find a dog to repair your wifi.

  6. Fuck the NBA THE OWERS ARE SLAVE MASTER OF ALL THEM RICH DUMB ASS PLAYERS WHO WONT SPEAK FOR what’s theirs FREEDOM OF SPEECH!! Dumb ass players won’t ever be like ALI HAVE SOME MORALS DUMB ASS PLAYERS

  7. Money makes the world go round. You have freedom of speech but you are responsible for your actions. Cause and effect. Think before you speak. Know the truth. Hong Kong rioters are terrorists. What if what he said was I support 9/11!? Is it still a mater of freedom of speech if I put it in that context? American idiots.

  8. Qing James and Steph "Stephen" Curry. They are still icons and true, it's not really their problem. But if you put out powerful statements with powerful words "includsive". "for all", "all backgrounds", etc etc and brand yourselves as such. You better believe people will call you out on it because that's pretty high horse you're sitting in.

  9. I'm Chinese, we don't joke the same thing, it's two different culrure. and those companies only apologize for territory problems. free of specch is not equal to free of offending, "you black people looking ugly", do you think this is a joke? even not to mention the culture thing, right now in HK, the protestors are turning into rioters, you people support rioters? they through gasoline bomb to police station, they smashed a lot metro stations, you guys call it protestors? Your police even arrest those protestors for climate, you guy play double standard very well, shame on you.

  10. The reason that the Chinese government is so sensitive to the Hong Kong issue and even raising this up to a political topic is that the territory issue is the biggest pain. Every country, religion, and race have a line that cannot be touched. Why the Chinese territory issue is becoming something that can be discussed FREELY without PENALTY?
    We can put the 'Speech Freedom' on the side, and look at Hong Kong right now. If anyone can call what's happening in HongKong is a 'protest', then I don't know what can be called 'RIOT'. Throwing brick and Molotov toward government buildings, hurting police officers, and vandalizing subway station. Just take a look at the REAL riot things happening in HongKong, you would be shocked how calm HongKong police can be.
    China is not penalizing the business companies for just some nonsense political issues. Listing HongKong or Taiwan as a country is as same as mixing South Korea and North Korea. HongKong, Macau, and Taiwan have always been parts of China. Those business companies were requested to apologize for this.

  11. Why is the whole world stooping to china. The worlds major companies need to come together and start pooling resources to create factories in other countries. Wouldn't have to rely on china of there were other suppliers around the world. It's a global effort.

  12. Chinese consumers will always find a way to buy branded goods from elsewhere. My buddies logistics business caters to a lot chinese buyers that want the newest stuff from america and he simply acts like an intimidary. Fuq chinese "1 billion" consumers.

  13. When Hong Kong rioters go to the streets burn and destroy everything, they say: it’s pro-democracy;

    When Catalonia people vote for independence peacefully, they say: it’s illegal.

    How ridiculous your westerners.

  14. to be fair though, that was probably against the rules to hold up a political sign in a game, so its not unfair that he got removed as he probably resisted getting out. but i agree with everything else he said especially China being a snowflake xD

  15. 抹黑中国人形象,真是的,不过我不生气,总之很好笑。
    as many people dont understand why Chinese government care about one person‘s tweet so much, but that person is not no body and he is divided China nation,which that's the bottom line of China government,is same to don‘t say anything racist in American, it‘s the same,I remember Adam has banned LA Clippers's boss about racist speech, which that consider not include in freedom of speech, as in China, divided nation is not include in freedom of speech.
    respect one and another that‘’s what we all should do

  16. The NBA pulled out of North Carolina because of a transgender bathroom bill but won’t stand up to China when it rolls tanks over people, surprise surprise. The woke left is full of hypocrisy

  17. Taiwan is the exactly the reason I become CCP supporter,yes,“become”,I was not sure whether CCP is the right choice, for so long time I looking forward to Taiwan, same people, but Taiwan rule with democracy,but after recent 20 years development,and see the difference by my own eyes,the backward development in Taiwan shock me so much,that's the time I try to find out why democracy as the“human best choice” fall behind"should be lost in the history and people should hate it so muchsocialist system"socialist system should not working,because Soviet Union does not work out,so thats the time I study history,and I find out, China is nothing like Soviet Union ineverway,and CCP called it Chinese characteristics
    socialist system,thats the different,it works perfect,it dont give people all the freedom, but it gives freedom that ur life needs,not freedom for when u r full u got nothing to do so do shit freedom,we have free speech as in USA,something is not allow to say in public,like USA racist not allow to say in public,we can not say divide nation,so is the same everywhere,and CCP does not build China on Aggression, genocide and slavery like USA does, so for this point I do favor a less bloody government

  18. Honestly I don't think global companies like the NBA should be taking stances on international issues like the one with HK and PRC. It's unfair and unnecessary. Taking stances on these things should fall on to governments and individuals, not business entities.
    More over, the issue between the CPC and people of HK needs to be resolved domestically. For historical reasons. Gotta keep in mind that HK was ceded to Britain from a unfair treaty as a result of the Opium War, and any western influence on the current HK issue will be met with deep seeded anger from Chinese people, not just the government. It's not brainwashing, it's just history.

  19. We have other sports that we can enjoy, why pay to be insulted? Hong Kong was reaped by western colonist for over 100 years. Every Chinese family had people killed in the anti colonization wars. It's not fun to joke about it.

  20. You just know the government is gonna reestablish the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities again to deal with this.

  21. I Bet LaBron's IQ is 60………..the other guy has degree from MIT…hmmm LaBron may help inter-city blacks schools dose in help rural School? Raciest…………

  22. the HK protests have become more and more violent which now make HK in chaos and riots.You can even consider these protests are just terrorism.

  23. The Chinese people see the problem in a different way. Because Morey had said something hurting the feelings of many Chinese people, he had to pay for what he said. If you don't want to pay for what you said, don't say it, that's the way they see it. Morey stand with HK protesters, fine. But most mainland Chinese see HK protesters as terrorists, which is partially true since many of the protesters are attacking ordinary HK residents who are pro-government or just from the mainland. That's why many Chinese are pissed off for what he said.

  24. The dictator and fascist Chinese government would drowned to death by the Chinese civilians’ spit if all of these company stop kneeing to the Chinese government. And world would be become a better place to live for 1.4 billion Chinese civilians and all!

  25. 1.US and Uk lead the demonstration of hongkong, even the workers from embassy have been filmed how they have meeting with protestors, and some protestors just take flag of Uk and USA. U can find in Youtube.
    2.The hongkong police is too polite if U see the whole video which the important parts haven't been cut by western media .protestors can wear mask attack ladies, old guys, 10 young guy block one guy?
    Compare with “Occupy with wall street”, how calm and hongkong policemen are when they see protestors occupy legislaive council and too many fake reporters with fake ID
    if they are U. S policemen and they treat protestors like 2011 in wallstreet. That's the real violence from freedom country.
    If your country wanna separate country of others in this way to prevent who affecte ur leading position , we'll see China will be the next soviet, japan o another different direction from these 2 countries.
    3.when hongkong come back to China mainland, one country two system occurs. British started to help hongkong getting freedom which they didn't give in 145 years, and did never let hongkongers get important positions in government.
    4. In recent one hundred year, western media control the word. Start war with so many fake news.
    Everytime U. S media shout for freedom then let the leader from small country who didn't obey his rule collapse, so sometimes they support local governer, sometimes support. ISIS.
    After that European clean the mess of refugee, the U. S starts to take back interest to their mainland.
    That's media power.

    5.Shame on US, UK. How hypocritical U are!!!!!

  26. Do U actually know what happened in hongkong?
    Can hongkoner kill taiwanese without punishment because there's no Amendment to Extradition Laws between these 2 area, So hongkong correct the legal loophole.
    The western media didn't tell U, the new amendment law has said the law will never be used on political prisoners o any other related issue. If China government want to punish some political prisoner, according to their power they don't need to do that!!!
    1. .US and Uk lead the demonstration of hongkong, even the workers from embassy have been filmed how they have meeting with protestors, and some protestors just take flag of Uk and USA. U can find in Youtube.
    2.Protestor have rights of freedom speech
    But what happened next?
    The hongkong police is too polite if U see the whole video which the important parts haven't been cut by western media .protestors can wear mask attack ladies, old guys, 10 young guy block one guy?
    Compare with “Occupy with wall street”, how calm and hongkong policemen are when they see protestors occupy legislaive council and too many fake reporters with fake ID.
    if they are U. S policemen and they treat protestors like 2011 in wallstreet. That's the real violence from freedom country.
    If your country wanna separate country of others in this way to prevent who affecte ur leading position , we'll see China will be the next soviet, japan o another different direction from these 2 countries.
    3.when hongkong come back to China mainland, one country two system occurs. British started to help hongkong getting freedom which they didn't give in 145 years, and did never let hongkongers get important positions in government.
    4. In recent one hundred year, western media control the word. Start war with so many fake news.
    Everytime U. S media shout for freedom then let the leader from small country who didn't obey his rule collapse, so sometimes they support local governer, sometimes support. ISIS.
    After that European clean the mess of refugee, the U. S starts to take back interest to their mainland.
    That's media power.

    5.Do U know how many medias o newspapers against China supported by US o Uk government?
    As much as the military basement in Asia for watching China.
    The advice For U. S government, U can use ur tricks to limit Russia, China o some other countries, but don't act like U are a good man for '' freedom'' why not let Dexas, California, Dakota and so on free?
    How hypocritical U are!!!!!
    The advice for everyone, do never judge it when U don't know what actually happens o even don' t know it's truth o not

  27. I wish this was easier to laugh about.
    The one potential positive of Communist China’s abuse is it can help Americans realize Republicans and Democrats are actually on the same team.

  28. The fact that American companies can be bought out by an "evil" country like China is an indictment of Western capitalism, not China.

  29. Ironic that the people who are pissed China can buy out Western companies are the first to tell you how great capitalism is.

  30. Making jokes while hundreds of people are dying and being beaten, you dont give a shit you democrat dick sucker, the people you follow are getting paid off by China.

  31. Of course Trevor Noah …of course hes not going to after China as much as he goes after Trump ….listen its not a joke China …has its fingers in the U.S and the NBA bowing to them is a big deal …the NBA …the NBA should be ashamed of itself. These guys are freedom fighters risking their lives …and the NBA apologizes over a tweet???? Scary shit.

  32. If you have value of free speech and support Morey has right to say what he wants, why are you so mean when LeBron says people should not so political and should take the responsibility of their own speech.
    All about what LeBron says is, that player always take responsibility of their speech, when speech do harm to the NBA. Same at this time, what ever you wanna say Morey tweets during Chinese national Day, and now NBA lose business that speech do harm to NBA. So Morey should also take this responsibility like other players. It's nothing judge about the speech it's only to tell somebody should fix the business. Also you can't FORCE Chinese have so same value as you and to do business with the one who insulting themselves. The business in based on the will of both sides. Chinese leave the business that they don't want, it's not Forcing you to say something, it's your option.
    Also LeBron says responsibility this time ? Cos how many players be punished or swiped out of the Association for their own speeches. There are many. NBA takes harm this time to protect the fee speech of Morey why not protect the other players before?

  33. When American brands were not active in China an Soviet Union, the sports stadium were full of giants flags of Free Tibet and Soviet out of Afghanistan.

  34. Is that normal? You invited Chinese to play basketball and set a sign to insult China in the mean court, is that ridiculous and impolite. Did you really know how to behavior like a adults?

  35. I'm pretty shit at Mandarin, but Ronnie sounds so Taiwanese. Pronouncing ren like len, pronouncing shi like si. Maybe they do that in Malaysia as well.

  36. 😅😅🤣🤣😅😅 Ronny is literally me making fun of my friends in my two native language(portuguese and creole) that don't understand shit im saying.Hahahaha its sooo funny.
    Ps: i also don't understand a lot of what they say in their native language,sooo its still funny for both sides.

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