For those of you who don't remember, the Houston Rockets former GM, Daryl Morey, said on Twitter he was for the liberation of Hong Kong. This sparked ire in the media; particularly from LeBron James, who said and I quote, "We talk about this freedom of speech,” but sometimes “there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself.”
He would even go onto to say that Daryl was ignorant about the situation at hand, and then he spoke. Yeah, I guess LeBron James doesn't like it when people speak about things they're ignorant about.
In other words, he was essentially telling Daryl Morey to shut up in simpler terms, but it's okay for LeBron to run his mouth all the time. Interesting.
However, after years of kissing China's ass, it seems his new movie, "Space Jam: A New Legacy" is not going to be allowed to play in China, which is now making the film look like it's going to lose millions of dollars at the box office.
As I've told people before when this movie was even announced, I said "Space Jam A New Legacy" was going to be a mistake. Not because I can't stand LeBron James, but mostly because the first movie was trash. Yeah, I loved the first movie when I was a kid, but as I've gotten older, I've come to realize the movie doesn't hold up that well, so why should I expect a sequel to a trash movie to be any good? It would be like me expecting "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" to be this epic masterpiece, when the previous films were all teen bopper trash. It makes no sense.
Secondly, LeBron James is a divisive figure in the US right now. Something Michael Jordan never was, which is another reason I was skeptical about this film. Not to mention all the other controversy surrounding the film prior to it's release like the hypocrisy of leaving the rapists from "A clockwork orange" in the movie, while taking out Pepi Le Pew because he advocates rape culture? Let me get this straight... You took out a beloved cartoon icon like Pepe Le Pew because you feel like he advocates rape culture, yet you leave the actual freaking rapist characters from "A Clockwork Orange" in your so called FAMILY movie? Uh...yeah....I'm not even going to comment on that, as I'm sure the stupidity of that alone speaks for itself.
Therefore, is anyone surprised that the film barely made over 30 million dollars during it's opening weekend? I know we can blame the pandemic all we want, but when you see other films like "Fast and Furious 9 or whatever" and "black widow" make far more their opening weekends, it begs the question as to how popular is LeBron James and the Looney Tunes to begin with because you'd think with those big names alone that 30 million would be kind of pathetic if you think about it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Looney Tunes fan, and I grew up on a lot of those old Looney Tunes shorts, but even I have to admit the Looney Tunes have not been as popular as they've been in years past, and I think "Space Jam A New Legacy" proves my point honestly.
All personal biases aside, I did hope this movie would've done way better, as I am a huge fan of Don Cheadle as an actor, as he's been one of my favorites since "Hotel Rwanda." And I still hope this movie makes a profit, but without China's support, I doubt it will; especially when you consider the movie had a budget of over a 150 million dollars, and probably spent close to 50 to 100 million on advertising. Not a good sign, and it could explain why LeBron and his agent, Maverick Carter, are now trying to actively sell their movie studio that was part of his deal with Warner Bros over to Nike, as it's been heavily rumored.
However, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think the lack of China's support will affect the new Space Jam movie that much? Or not really? Or do you think the pandemic is a good enough reason to explain why it's not making much more money than it is. Please discuss.
https://www.totalprosports.com/2021/07/ … -millions/
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