Boston Celtic center and newly sworn US citizen Enes Kanter Freedom reacted to a left-leaning Silicon Valley billionaire co-owner of the Golden State Warriors after he rejected the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing human rights abuses against Muslim minority figures in China's Xinjiang province.
Kanter called the treatment of Uighurs, who are said to be housed in harsh conditions in concentration camps and endure forced labor and other abuses, a "genocide" - which selected Western leaders have brought to the fore ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics.
Earlier Monday, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former America OnLine (AOL) director and founder of Social Capital, said in his podcast that "no one cares what happens to the Uighurs, okay?"
"You bring it up because you really do not care and I think ... The rest of us do not care ... I'm telling you a very harsh, ugly truth, okay? Of all the things I care about. Yes, it is below. my line, "said Palihapitiya, 45, during a speech by his astonished guest.
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"Until we actually clean up our own house, the thought of stepping outside our borders ... with us a kind of moral virtue that signals someone else's human rights history is regrettable," he said.
Kanter Freedom, a Turkish-American who changed his last name to mark his pride in becoming a new U.S. citizen last year, said he was also shocked when his manager sent him Palihapatiya's comments in a text message before an afternoon NBA game .
"First of all, I could not believe it. I was very angry, very disgusted and very disappointed," Kanter Freedom said.
"I could not focus on the game because of his comments, I mean one looks at the Uighur people. What has happened to the Uighurs is one of the worst human rights violations in the world today and there is a genocide happening while we "he's talking right now. And he goes out there and says, 'I could not care'. It's a shame and it's disgusting. "
Host Tucker Carlson noted that Palihapitiya is also a "major donor" to the Democratic Party and juxtaposed candidates.
The Silicon Valley mogul donated tens of thousands of dollars to liberal candidates and causes, including President Joe Biden, several state Democratic parties, the former Democratic governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo - the current U.S. Secretary of Commerce - and Hillary Clinton, Senator Cory Booker DN.J. and Rep. Rohit Khanna, D-Calif., According to OpenSecret records.
The records also show a small number of donations to New Jersey Republicans Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Carlson further reported that the Warriors distanced themselves from Palihapitiya's comments, saying that the venture capitalist "does not speak on behalf of our franchise", while Palihapitiya later issued a statement acknowledging that his family "fled a country" [Sri Lanka] with its own set of human rights issues, so that's something that is very much a part of my lived experience. "
"To be clear, my belief is that human rights matter, whether in China, the United States or elsewhere; period," Palihapitiya tweeted late Monday.
On "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Kanter Freedom added that Palihapitiya was "signaling virtue" and that his company, Social Capital, "seems[s] to care about social values. "
"He pretends to care about others, but the only thing he cares about is money and the promotion of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) propaganda. And it makes me sick how he uses social justice to make money for his company, "he said.
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"I would like to ask him a question - If your mother, if your daughter, if your sister were in the concentration camps and being subjected to torture and gang rape every day, would you still think about money? Would you tell it? Would you still ask? ? " asked Edge Freedom.