John Cena is dubbed a “absolute wuss” by Fox News for apologizing to China.
Actor John Cena was chastised by Fox News presenters after apologizing to Chinese fans for referring to Taiwan as a country during a promotional interview for his new film.
Cena, 44, a WWE wrestler turned movie star, told Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS earlier this month that “Taiwan is the first place that can watch F9,” referring to his latest film Fast & Furious 9, which debuted in Chinese regions on May 21.
The actor’s remarks sparked outrage in China, which rejects any reference to Taiwan as a separate country and considers it to be part of its territory. Taiwan is a self-governing island that claims to be an independent nation.
“I made a mistake, I must say right now,” Cena said in a video posted to his account on the Chinese social media site Weibo on Tuesday. I adore and respect Chinese people, thus this is extremely important.
“I apologise profusely for my errors. Sorry for the inconvenience. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please accept my sincere apologies. You must realize that I adore and appreciate China and the Chinese people.”
On Tuesday, his apologetic video was one of the most talked-about things on Weibo. Cena’s post received over 10,000 comments, despite the fact that he was still being chastised for his previous remarks on Taiwan.
“Please declare ‘Taiwan is part of China’ in Chinese, else we would not accept,” one commenter commented, while another stated, “You are being evasive.”
On Fox News, Laura Ingraham criticized Cena’s apologetic video, stating, “The funny part is that man genuinely plays a tough man, right?” But he’s essentially a slave.”
While in a separate show, Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, known as Kennedy, called Cena a “wuss” and claimed that he was forced to film the apology.
“He did it because he is an absolute wuss and the studio probably had got on the phone and told him to do that because films aren’t making any money in the U.S. because theaters have been locked down for over a year,” Kennedy said.
Movie theaters in the U.S. have been closed for large parts of the last 14 months, but have now either reopened fully or with social distancing restrictions in all 50 states.
Fast & Furious 9 is out in theaters. This is a condensed version of the information.