HOT TAKES: WWE's John Cena Gets Thorough Smack Down After Hostage-Style Apology Video to China

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There are times in a person’s life when a stand needs to be made, even when that stand has the potential to negatively impact that person’s income and/or “cancel” their reputation.


WWE star and Hollywood actor John Cena had such an opportunity to stand tall recently, and he failed in quite an embarrassing fashion.

Earlier this month, Cena told Taiwanese TV station TVBS that “Taiwan [would be] the first country that can watch” Fast and Furious 9, which he stars in alongside movie franchise star Vin Diesel. Cena plays Diesel’s wayward younger brother in the movie.

While there was nothing wrong with his statement for most people here in the states who may have watched or read the interview, Cena’s comments sparked outrage in China, where Taiwan is not viewed as an independent country.

In response to the backlash, Cena cut a video addressing the controversy and did an excellent job of nuking the reputation he had established for himself as being a tough fighter. The video looked like it was filmed under duress, with Cena – who spoke in Chinese – coming off as a hostage begging for mercy. The South China Morning Post provided the translation:

“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast and 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 – [movie] staff gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information,” said Cena, who started learning Mandarin to help his wrestling promotion’s integration in China. He has since gone viral many times for his enthusiastic Mandarin-speaking abilities.

“I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologise, I apologise, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.”


It was maximum cringe. Watch:

Cena’s pathetic “apology” managed to unite people of varying political persuasions and backgrounds against him, including two Republican Senators, a normally unhinged former MSNBC host, a “reporter” for the China-apologist network CNN, and others:


Cena even earned a couple of well-deserved new nicknames, too:

“The Hill” host Saagar Enjeti posed the question as to whether this was actually Cena wanting to do this or him being put up to it by Universal Pictures:

While it’d be good to know the answer to the question, the point remains that a stand should have been made here by Cena but wasn’t.

Moral of the story? Don’t bend that knee:


As the late Andrew Breitbart once said: “Apologize for WHAT?”

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