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Peng Shui used social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her three years ago. Then like the young man who once stood in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square, she magically vanished from the public eye. Poof! For multiple weeks. Gone.
Fortunately, Peng Shui is not an anonymous person but one of China’s most recognizable sports stars. While controlled, contained, and censored by a government that cares absolutely nothing about human rights for anyone (except accused rapists, I suppose), she has a name that people know and an organization behind her that has not been willing to let her picture fade into oblivion on some metaphorical milk carton crafted by the CCP to exonerate its own orchestration of a disappearing.
The WTA has put principle over profit and canceled all tournaments in China and Hong Kong as long as there is no open investigation of Peng’s case as well as her release to real safety and freedom.
“None of this is acceptable, nor can it become acceptable,” Steve Simon, current WTA CEO who has an actual backbone, has said. “If powerful people can suppress the voices of women and sweep allegations of sexual misconduct under the rug, then the basis on which the WTA was founded – equality for women – would suffer an immense setback. I will not and cannot let that happen to the WTA and its players.”
Yes, Steve. Yesssssss. That is bad ass. This is a real man whose organization’s position is right. And good. And expressing what I always thought people meant whenever they said American values.
In fact, that’s better than every reaction I’ve seen from other sports “super stars” when their own principles are easily compromised for profits. I’m thinking Nike, which will never see another red cent from me, and the shallow shills like LeBron James who love to run their mouths about the failings of the United States while kneeling in silence for their CCP masters.
So the ace here goes to the WTA who has absolutely demolished the NBA per moral principles, and I love it. Yes. Yes. Yesssssss.
The truth is I could not be cheering louder if I was standing in front of Center Court of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a final match for the US Open.
This is so much more important than a game.
Applaud the effort. And then still pray for Peng Shui. Simon’s good works to one side, God is, and will always be, greater than Xi Jinping (and commerce).Published in