Representative Michael Waltz vsclaims NBC refused to run an ad criticizing companies in the United States for funding the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The announcement, which Waltz posted on Twitter, specifically names the companies funding the Olympics and includes an appearance by Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom, known for his fiery criticism of China.
“NBC refused to run my Olympics commercial with @EnesFreedom unless we censor the US corporate logos of Genocide Games sponsors,” Waltz tweeted on Saturday. “We won’t let them silence us.”
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NBC took issue with the Florida Republican’s description of events.
“In accordance with NBCUniversal’s long-standing advertising guidelines, edits to the ad have been requested in order for it to run,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.
NBCUniversal’s Advertising Standards prohibit any advertising submitted from directly attacking other organizations, including businesses or non-profit groups. If Waltz had agreed to remove the company logos, he could have resubmitted the ad, the company said.
NBC refused to air my Olympic ad with @EnesFreedom unless we censor the corporate logos of American Genocide Games sponsors.
We will not let them silence us.
This is the ad that NBC and the Chinese Communist Party don’t want you to see 👇 pic.twitter.com/0y35Z6KdZC
— Representative Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) February 5, 2022
Waltz shared “the announcement that NBC and the Chinese Communist Party don’t want you to see” on Twitter on Saturday.
“The biggest sports showcase in the world, but just outside the show: rape, genocide, forced labor,” Waltz says in the ad. “Corporate America is drunk on Chinese dollars, entangled with Communist dictators committing atrocities and supporting these genocide games organized by the Chinese Communist Party.”
“Defend freedom, defund dictators,” Kanter adds, before the two men warn, “When you see ‘Made in China’, put it aside.”
The ad features the logos of Procter & Gamble, Visa, Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Intel and Nike. All companies listed except Nike are sponsors of the International Olympic Committee. Nike provided uniforms for Team USA.
Waltz criticized the Beijing Olympics in 2022.
“China should not be allowed to enjoy the wealth of economic benefits and free publicity that comes with hosting the Olympics while it acts as if to imprison millions of its citizens because of their ethnicity and their religion or unleashing a pandemic on the rest of the world is normal behavior,” Waltz wrote in a February 2021 Washington Examiner opinion piece.
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Freedom accused Nike of profiting from Uyghur slave labor, expressing its beliefs by wearing shoes in October last year with “hypocritical Nike”, “modern slavery”, “no more excuses” and “done with slave labor” written all over them.
The Olympics, which began on Friday, have been marred by controversy, with several US officials warning that athletes who engage in protests against the Chinese government during the games could face dangerous repercussions in a country known to suppress dissent.