Kanter called the treatment of Uyghurs, who are reportedly housed in dire conditions in concentration-type camps and endure forced labor and other abuses, 有一个 “种族灭绝” – which select Western leaders have brought attention to ahead of the Beijing Olympiad next month.
Earlier Monday, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former America OnLine (AOL) executive and founder of Social Capital, said on his podcast that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, 好?”
“You bring it up because you really care and I think… The rest of us don’t care… I’m telling you a very hard, ugly truth, 好? Of all the things that I care about. 是, it is below my line,” said Palihapitiya, 45, amid crosstalk from his stunned guest.
“Until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders… with us sort of like morally virtue signaling about somebody else’s human rights track record is deplorable,” 他说.
Kanter Freedom, a Turkish-American who amended his last name to signify his pride in becoming a new U.S. citizen last year, said he too was shocked when his manager sent him Palihapatiya’s comments in a text message before an afternoon NBA game.
“首先, 我简直不敢相信. I was very angry, very disgusted and very disappointed,” Kanter Freedom said.
“I couldn’t focus on the game because of his comments, 我的意思是, you look at the Uyghur people. What’s happened to the Uyghurs is one of the worst human rights abuses in the world today, and there’s a genocide happening while we’re talking right now. And he’s going out there and saying, ‘I could care less’. It’s a shame, and it is disgusting.”
Host Tucker Carlson noted that Palihapitiya is also a “huge donor” to the Democratic Party and aligned candidates.
The Silicon Valley mogul donated tens of thousands of dollars to liberal candidates and causes including President Joe Biden, several State Democratic Parties, former Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo – the current U.S. Commerce secretary – as well as Hillary Clinton, 它的. 科里·布克, D-N.J. 和代表. Rohit Khanna, D-Calif。, according to OpenSecrets records.
The records also show a small number of donations to New Jersey Republicans Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno, and Texas Sen. 泰德·克鲁斯.
Carlson further reported that the Warriors distanced themselves from Palihapitya’s comments, saying the venture capitalist “does not speak on behalf of our franchise,” while Palihapitiya later put out a statement acknowledging that his family “fled a country [Sri Lanka] with its own set of human rights issues, so this is something that is very much part of my lived experience.”
“要清楚, my belief is that human rights matter, whether in China, the United States or elsewhere; full stop,” Palihapitiya tweeted late Monday.
上 “塔克·卡尔森今晚”, Kanter Freedom added that Palihapitiya was “virtue signaling” and that his company, Social Capital, “pretend[s] to care about social values.”
“He pretends to care about others, but the only thing he cares about is money and promoting the CCP (Chinese Communisty Party) propaganda. And it makes me sick how he’s using social justice to make money for his company,” 他说.
“I want to ask him one question– If your mother, if your daughter, if your sister was in those concentration camps and get in torture and gang-raped every day, would you still think about money? Would you tell? Would you still remain silent?” Kanter Freedom asked.