In case you haven’t heard: the authoritarian government of Saudi Arabia is said to be “sportswashing” its brutal image by passing around big money to tour golfers.
The definition of sportswashing is as follows: “a nation-state using a major or prestigious international sport to improve its reputation, through hosting a sporting event, the purchase or sponsorship of sporting teams, or by participation in the sport itself. At nation-state level, sportswashing has been used to direct attention away from a poor human rights record and corruption scandals within local government. Sportswashing has been called a form of whitewashing.”
The Saudi International, a tournament funded by the Saudi government’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), has been a target of the sanctimonious and duplicitous members of the golf media for years. Now with the Saudis funding a breakaway golf tour, the outrage has reached next-level apoplectic.
One drama queen writer at Golfweek even suggested changing the name of the Greg Norman-hosted QBE Shootout to the QBE Dismemberment since the Saudi regime “prefers bonesaws to bullets.” Norman has been named the Saudi-backed tour’s commissioner.
(Note: Golfweek is owned by Gannett, publishers of USA Today. Gannett came under fire last year for accepting advertising from the Chinese Communist Party.)
To those unaware of the geopolitical landscape, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are modern-day Nazis, who make the Saudis look like low-rent chumps when it comes to atrocities.
Let’s start with the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century: Mao Zedong.
Under Mao’s reign, highlighted by the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, some 65 million Chinese citizens were reportedly killed, with millions more tortured and imprisoned.
And yet Mao remains the Chinese Communist Party’s most revered figure with thousands of statues dotting the communist country’s landscape.
Would the PGA Tour tee it up in a Germany that celebrated Hitler this way? Of course not.
Yet, today, under the dictatorial rule of Xi Jinping – a neo-Maoist thug, the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour include annual treks to Shanghai, China for the WGC-HSBC Champions and Buick LPGA Shanghai, respectively, while the European Tour jets to Shenzhen for the annual Volvo China Open.
How evil is the current regime in relation to Mao? Last year, the United States officially accused China of committing “crimes against humanity,” which had “engaged in the forced assimilation and eventual erasure of a vulnerable ethnic and religious minority group.”
Human rights’ abuses included: arbitrary imprisonment, forced sterilization, torture, forced labor and “draconian restrictions” on freedom of religion, expression and movement. Targeted minority (ethnic and religious) groups of the CCP include Falun Gong, Tibetans, and the Uighurs.
Yet, for some reason, the golf media is only outraged about Saudi Arabia.