There’s so much news having to do with China and Hollywood this week I thought I’d put it all in one place so as to demonstrate the scope of how Hollywood routinely shapes it’s content to please the communist Chinese government.
The week began with Lebron James blasting Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting a since-deleted meme that said “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM” and “STAND WITH HONG KONG,” and in so doing showing where his true allegiance lies.
But this was just the beginning in what turned out to be a week filled with revelations about the true nature of the relationship between Hollywood (including U.S. sports and entertainment) and China.
Dreamworks is under fire for pushing the Chinese government’s agenda in their new children’s film “Abominable.”
Vietnam was first to ban the children’s animated film, now Malaysia is calling for edits because of a controversial scene in which the main character uses a map drawn to reflect China’s version of the ownership over the South China Sea. The film is a joint production by Dreamworks Animation and China-based Pearl Studio, formerly Dreamworks Oriental.
The South China Sea is a strategically important region, rich in potential natural resources and fishing grounds, and lying between several influential countries.
China says it has always controlled a large chunk of this territory. The nine-dash line (depicted in the film) carves out by far the largest portion – leaving only a small coastal strip to each of the other claimants.
Interesting to note that this region doesn’t even play a role in the film and that Abominable is the first co-production between US company DreamWorks and China’s Pearl Studio production firm.
South Park Snafu
South Park has been completely scrubbed from internet existence in China after an episode critical of the Chinese government.
After the “Band in China” episode mocked Hollywood for shaping its content to please the Chinese government, Beijing responded by deleting all clips, episodes and discussions of the Comedy Central show.
The cool thing about creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone is, they really don’t seem to care.
On Monday afternoon, Parker and Stone issued a statement with a faux apology about the ban.
“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” the statement reads. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?”
South Park then took aim at Lebron James, bringing everything full circle.
Wednesday night’s episode of the satirical animated series, titled “Let Them Eat Goo,” takes aim at imitation meat and features fourth-grader Eric Cartman erupting in fury when another student at South Park Elementary says that those who favor plant-based foods have the right to say so.
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself!” Cartman screams.
Lebron James said the exact same thing on Monday while criticizing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting a since-deleted meme that said “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM” and “STAND WITH HONG KONG.”
Cartman echoes another of the Lakers superstar’s remarks when he claims, “They don’t realize it harms people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually!”
All in all, I’d say this week the world got a great education on the subject of Hollywood’s relationship with China, how they bow to the communist government and what happens to those who don’t.
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