The HBO “Real Time” host called out champion Olympic skier Eileen Gu for representing China in the Olympics, despite being an American citizen.
“Someone has to tell China, you can steal our trade secrets, our software, and our intellectual property, but we draw the line at our hot freestyle skiers,” Bill Maher joked.
The late night host was referring to 18-year-old American skier Eileen Gu, who won three medals for China at the Beijing Olympics, despite being born and raised in the US.
“Is that cool now,” he questioned about the multi-hyphenate athlete-model-influencer. “To represent a totalitarian police state over America?”
“The Olympics pretends to only be about sports but of course, the games have always been a bit of a proxy war for which country has the best system,” he said during his Friday show.
“And by choosing Team China, Eileen Gu became a living symbol of China’s triumph over the West, which wouldn’t bother me so much if I thought China had triumphed over us in the ways that really matter. But they haven’t.”
Maher noted that the US has human rights issues, but is based on fundamentally based on freedom, while China is an “authoritarian surveillance state” founded on “’How would you like to disappear for a few months?'”
He pointed out how China had made champion tennis player Peng Shuai vanish after accusing a high ranking CCP official of rape and has shamelessly commited genocide of the Uyghurs.
“America is not close to that. And it’s a cynical dodge to pretend China’s sins should be overlooked because we all do it. No,” Maher remarked.
He explained that being “woke” was supposed to make people alert to societal injustices.
“But because the ‘woke’ now see race first and everything else never, fear of being accused of racism has given a free pass on human rights abuses to China and any other places that are perceived as non-white,” Maher continued. “If China was in Europe, would they get away with having concentration camps without more of an outcry from America?”
“Someone has to tell me where we got this rule that you can’t criticize China because I suspect we got it from China. Because after all, it’s where we get everything else,” he concluded.