Quantcast

Billboard Company Censors Ad Against LeBron So Not to Hurt His Feelings

'When it comes to human rights in China, silence is indeed violence...'

A sign company refused to allow a billboard campaign sponsored by a watchdog group that would have criticized NBA player LeBron James over his refusal to speak out against China’s human rights abuses.

The National Legal and Policy Center said it was ready to spend “several hundred thousand dollars” on the billboards during the NBA finals.

The advertisement would have shown James with a Chinese flag covering his mouth and the message, “Silence is Violence,” and would have been displayed near the entrance to the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Fla.

But the company that owns the billboards, Outfront Media, told the group that they would not allow the ad with James’s image on it, according to an email obtained by the New York Post.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“We cannot accept the ad as it is right now,” a representative for Outfront told NLPC, saying the company would only put up the billboards if the NLPC agreed to remove James’s image. “The Chinese flag is Ok, and the silence is violence is ok,” he said.

NLPC refused to change the advertisement’s image, arguing that “some messages are too important to be suppressed.”

“When it comes to human rights in China, silence is indeed violence. We should be able to call LeBron on his hypocrisy without this censorship,” Peter Flaherty, chairman of the NLPC, told the Post.

NLPC said it did attempt to create a different version of the advertisement, but those were met with silence from Output Media.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“They just stopped returning our calls and emails,” said Tim Cramer, an executive with Operations at Mosaic, the firm that created the ads. “They thought that we were singling him out and were afraid that the ad would hurt LeBron’s feelings. But we were never going after LeBron James the person. We were going after his brand.”

James has been famously silent about China’s human rights abuses, but he did criticize Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey last year for tweeting support for the Hong Kong protests.

“It’s utterly amazing LeBron James can buy a $36-million Beverly Hills mansion from a bubble designed to cut him off from the outside world yet he can’t find a way to champion basic human rights for all people, including those suffering under the Communist regime of China,” said NLPC’s Tom Anderson.

- Advertisement -

TRENDING NOW

Amtrak Train Derails, Multiple Injuries Reported

(Associated Press) Multiple people were injured Saturday when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday afternoon in north-central Montana, the...

California to Replace the Word ‘Alien’ from Its Laws

(Associated Press) California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a...

Minn. School District Pressures Children to Act as Gays, Transgenders

Minnesota's Richfield Public School district asked children in sex education classes to role play as gays and transgenders, according to Alpha News. The sex education...

Blue-State AGs Warn Biden to Treat Haitians ‘Better’ Based on ‘Whips’ Lie

New York Attorney General Letitia James and 17 Democrat attorneys general co-signed a letter to President Joe Biden and his administration reprimanding him for...

NIMBY: Arizonans Favor Helping Afghanis; Just Don’t Move Them to Arizona

(Cole Lauterbach, The Center Square) Arizona voters predominantly are welcoming of their new neighbors who fled a Taliban takeover of their home country but are...

SCHIFF: Criminal Contempt for Trump Officials Who Don’t Help Jan. 6th Committee

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Commitee, floated possible criminal contempt charges for those who refuse to cooperate with the Jan....

Maricopa County Auditors Conclude: ‘Election Should Not Be Certified’

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday released a 110-page forensic audit report on the 2020 presidential election, and the auditors concluded in an...

Biden Could Owe More Than $500K in Back Taxes

President Joe Biden could owe more than $500,000 in back taxes, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. In 2019,...

Texas Migrant Camp Finally Empty, Haitians Await Word On Their Fate

(Associated Press) No migrants are left at a Texas border encampment, about a week after nearly 15,000 people — most of them Haitians —...
- Advertisement -