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As Ronan Farrow once put it, “If you go to a movie theater right now, it’s a pretty decent chance you’re going to be seeing a Hollywood movie with a budget partly from China.” “China,” the New York Times reported last month, “has raised its influence in Hollywood by bankrolling a growing number of top-tier films.”
“China wields enormous influence over how it is depicted in the movies Americans make and watch,” the Times report added. “It’s part of a broader push by the government to take control of its global narrative and present a friendlier, less menacing image of China to the world.”
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As lawmakers like Sen. Marco Rubio have noted, Hollywood has altered scripts in recent years to placate Chinese censors. “There are Hollywood movies that are written in a way to avoid certain topics because otherwise they won’t be allowed to play the movie in China. You know there are actors that are not allowed to be in certain movies, that can’t get a Hollywood blockbuster movie because you can’t distribute it. Like Richard Gere. Can’t have Richard Gere movies in China because he’s pro-Tibet,” Rubio said in May.
But as Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez explained last week, that goes in both directions. “It’s not just censorship of Hollywood movies that are shown in the Chinese mainland,” Gonzalez said. “It’s the censorship of Hollywood movies that are shown to American audiences.”
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One odd consequence of the increasingly tight relationship between Hollywood and China is that Alibaba Pictures, recently taken under majority control by Alibaba, a major Chinese company, is partially backing “On the Basis of Sex,” the much-hyped effort to lionize Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The movie’s official website identifies it as “Participant Media’s On the Basis of Sex, in association with Alibaba Pictures and distributed by...
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