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‘The Rock’ Has Sold His Soul to China


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he man Forbes magazine lists as the world’s highest-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson, has just endorsed Joe Biden for president. In a seven-minute video pinned to his Facebook profile, Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” explained, “In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and as my first ever (public) presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States.”

From reading through what are now over 100,000 comments in response to Johnson’s Facebook post, it’s clear at once that Johnson’s endorsement backfired. There are almost no comments supporting his decision. Roughly 95 percent of the comments are expressions of anger and feelings of betrayal. 

Perhaps Johnson has laid an egg. Perhaps he didn’t know his fans at all. 

Or perhaps he didn’t care about his American fans.

There’s a truism in the world of finance: “past performance is no guarantee of future results.” But if you’re Dwayne Johnson, or Lebron James, or countless other luminaries of sports and screen, you’ve put that time-tested wisdom aside in a mad dash after the Chinese market.

Never mind the slow but relentless inertia of history, and the inevitable clash it portends between the United States and China. If all you’re paying attention to is recent results and trends, the future for motion pictures, sort of like the future for professional basketball, is not in America, but China. 

A look at some of the Rock’s blockbusters over the past decade suggests the real reason he’s endorsing Biden. He wants to please his Chinese partners.:snip:

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