MJ is a general in Chinese poster

Michael Jordan as agent of sociopolitical change? That is a

generous depiction of His Airness. Sure, Jordan was an agent of

commercial change, and he changed a lot of things about the NBA and

the game of basketball, but the most controversial thing he ever

said politically was that “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

This is not meant to start a debate about Jordan, but to point

out the (intentional?) irony in a poster that, according to one

Reddit user, is hanging in an art gallery in Beijing. It has Jordan

in a military general’s getup above the words, “Who can change the

world? Not war, but basketball.”


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It’s the Pro-Basketball Party! It votes in favor of basketball

on all major issues. Michael Jordan can save the world using

Michael Jordan. It’s ideal.

It seems unlikely Jordan knew about this, of course. The

Redditor who posted it — harryerickson — said there was a guy

selling these posters on the street for 5 Renminbi, which is the

equivalent of 81 American cents, so, commercially, this is a slight

step up from street art. But it is pretty dang cool, isn’t it? It’s

Jordan in his prime, and his handsomest looking confidently and

cold-bloodedly into the viewer’s face. And he’s wearing a fancy

general outfit and the whole thing looks all faded, like it was

from the early 20th century.

One problem, though. If all war were replaced by basketball

tomorrow, you can have MJ. Give me General Pat Riley, please.