Major League Baseball (MLB) just made headlines by suddenly withdrawing the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest a new election law passed by the Georgia legislature. Punishing Atlanta by relocating the All-Star game is the latest example of hypocritical corporate virtue-signaling.
Like the NBA (which reconsidered a past All-Star game in North Carolina), MLB hypocritically protests a US state for democratically-passed legislation while coddling the Chinese government as it commits genocide against Muslim minorities.
Indeed, MLB is a partner with the government-owned Beijing Real-Estate Group Limited in developing dozens of new baseball facilities in China. MLB is formally engaged with this dictatorial government that allows NO democratic elections, brutally represses democracy in Hong Kong, and commits ethnic cleansing against Muslims.
Yet MLB is silent on China.
If MLB is going to affirm its values in Georgia, the league must apply those values consistently. Why give a pass to the Chinese government for its despicable human rights violations? Are respect and inclusion reserved for Americans only? Or is selective outrage just another marketing gimmick to sell tickets?
MLB’s double standard leaves Georgians feeling singled out, victims in China feeling hopelessly ignored, and fans wondering where the league really stands.
Tell the MLB to be consistent and correct its malfunctioning moral compass. If the MLB isn’t going to criticize China the way it attacked Georgia, perhaps it should give up political advocacy to focus on playing baseball.
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