Hollywood screenwriters, producers, directors are modifying their scripts, deleting scenes , ad altering other content to lure the massive chinese market . According to a new report released on wednesday by Pen America, an anti-censorship group , hollywood is afraid of offending the chinese censors who control the gateway to the country’s 1.4 billion consumers.
The observations made in the report cites the example of deleting the Taiwanese flag from Tom Cruise’s bomber jacket in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, to removing China as the source of a zombie virus in 2013’s World War Z.
The report stated that the negative impact will include completely avoiding sensitive issues including Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong politics, Xinjiang, and the portrayal of LGBTQ characters, the report said.
The report said,’ Steadily, a new set of mores has taken hold in Hollywood, one in which appeasing Chinese government investors and gatekeepers has simply become a way of doing business.’
Keeping in mind that Beijing is one of the world’s most restrictive censorship systems,the report said,’The Chinese Communist Party, in fact, holds major sway over whether a Hollywood movie will be profitable or not — and studio executives know it.’