That’s exactly what is happening and the fact people are falling for it makes it even more laughable. Tim really is doing everything he can to garner sympathy for Epic whilst simultaneously screwing over consumers and engaging in anti-consumer practices and behaving like a marketplace bully. Like you say, a fringe opinion from a bunch of people on reddit who think the Chinese government might be collecting data has now been made the front and center argument to protect the shady stuff Epic are doing and handwave it all away. And then to cast a wide net out and throw accusations of racism/xenophobia at people who take issue with what Epic are doing is absolutely insulting to people who have to deal with racism/xenophobia on a daily basis. The media using race as a manipulative tool to disguise poor business practices and deflect away from real issues, I am shocked, it’s almost like the media don’t actually care about racism/xenophobia and just use these topics as a way to cause conflict between people and deflect away from things. Like I said before, I have no doubt there is an element of racism/xenophobia involved from some knuckle dragging idiots when it comes to anything related to China but to pretend a fringe element represents the majority view and to cast aside the real concerns and put this front and centre is incredibly disingenuous, especially when you consider the majority of people who even mentioned the Chinese connection made it abundantly clear it was because they do not trust the Chinese government and it has nothing to do with Chinese people or race or xenophobia.