In one corner, we’ve got Elon Musk, a multibillionaire who’s going out of his way to please the Chinese government because he’s not brave enough to stand up to them and their money.
Tesla's @elonmusk likes to act like some kind of renegade here in the U.S. Meanwhile he's bending the knee to China and building a showroom in Xinjiang, where a genocide of Muslims is underway. Thank you @LelandVittert @NewsNationNow for having me on and for covering this issue. pic.twitter.com/rpfjvrvLjH
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) January 4, 2022
And in another corner, the corner we’d prefer to occupy, there’s Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom, who actually legally changed his name in a symbolic middle finger to China and other human rights abuser apologists, including those in the NBA.
Unlike Elon Musk, Enes Kanter Freedom is not one of the wealthiest men on the planet. Unlike Elon Musk, Enes Kanter Freedom has a lot to lose by standing up to the Chinese government.
And unlike Elon Musk, Enes Kanter Freedom is willing to put his money where his mouth is:
I wanted to create a website to be the voice of all the innocent people out there who don’t have a voice and it will exhibit all the human rights abuses and crimes committed by Dictators.
It’s not given, it’s taken.https://t.co/09nAaCsVLD
— Enes Kanter FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) January 3, 2022
That takes balls (pun intended). Big, brass ones. Kanter Freedom is not only the only NBA player to speak openly and vocally — and frequently — against the ChiComs, but he’s doing what he can to make sure his voice is as loud as possible.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 4, 2022
The NBA, Elon Musk, and many politicians and media outlets should take a page out of Enes Kanter Freedom’s playbook.
This you? pic.twitter.com/KE2Quk2jnH
— OVO Goon (@OVOGoonLife) January 3, 2022
Is that supposed to be a dunk on Kanter Freedom, dude? Because if anything, it only strengthens the case that he actually gives a damn about human rights.
Indeed, if you go to Kanter Freedom’s Freedom for All website, you’ll see that he’s not just putting the ChiComs on blast for the Uighur genocide. He’s also standing up for Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Chinese citizens who yearn for freedom. He’s also looking out for the people of Venezuela.
Honestly, right now, we can’t think of a man more deserving of the last name “Freedom” than Enes Kanter Freedom.
Get on this team. https://t.co/IhMqqT7HmI
— hayes 🥂 (@hayes910) January 3, 2022
Gladly. People like Enes Kanter Freedom are why the world still has a fighting chance.