Ted Cruz Burns ‘Barbie’ Movie For ‘Fueling Pro-China Propaganda’ – News Block

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks out to criticize the new Barbie film for trying to “appease the Chinese Communist Party” after Vietnam went so far as to ban the film for scenes including a map showing PorcelainTerritory claims in the South China Sea.

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Barbiestarring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and directed by Greta Gerwig, hits theaters on July 21. However, the film has been banned in Vietnam due to scenes featuring the controversial nine-dash line.

A spokesman for Cruz told the Daily Mail that the Barbie The film is “boosting Chinese propaganda.”

“Senator Cruz has been fighting for years to prevent corporate America, especially Hollywood studios, from altering and censoring their content to appease the Chinese Communist Party,” the spokesperson said.

“China wants to control what Americans see, hear, and ultimately think, and they take advantage of their huge movie markets to force American corporations to push CCP propaganda, just as the Barbie map movie seems to have done. . Senator Cruz deserves credit for reversing these trends,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesman went on to reference legislation Cruz wrote and passed last year that prevents government cooperation on “films that engage in exactly this type of censorship.”

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Vietnam Bans Barbie

This came after Vietnam banned Barbie, stating that the map featuring China’s so-called nine-dash line appears in several scenes. In Vietnam, all movies must be approved by censors who detect gratuitous violence, suggestive sex scenes, or politically sensitive material.

“The film review board saw the film and made a decision to ban this film from being shown in Vietnam due to a violation regarding the ‘nine-dash line,’” said Director of the Vietnam Film Department, Vi Kien thanh.

“We do not license the American film Barbie to release in Vietnam because it contains the offensive image of the nine-dash line,” Thanh said in a separate statement, according to CBS News.

China has been promoting the so-called nine-point line in the South China Sea since the 1940s. This supposed line runs off the coast of the Chinese island of Hainan and passes close to the coast of Vietnam. Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have since made their own claims to parts of the South China Sea, which overlap the nine-dash line.

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Philippines threatens to ban too Barbie

The Philippines has also threatened to join Vietnam in banning Barbiein case the line of nine dashes appears.

“If the invalidated nine-dash line was performed in the film Barbiethen it behooves the Philippine Film and Television Review and Classification Board to ban the same, as it denigrates Philippine sovereignty,” Philippine Senator Francis Tolentino said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tolentino went on to say that editing out the offending scenes could be a “middle ground” compromise for Philippine regulators and the film studio. However, if this were to happen, it would risk angering film regulators in China.

The Philippine Film and Television Review and Classification Board released a short statement on Thursday that read: “We confirm that the Board has reviewed the film Barbie today, July 04, 2023. At this time, the assigned First Review Committee is deliberating on Warner Brothers FE Inc.’s application for an Exhibit Permit.”

This is just the latest in a long line of cases where Hollywood caters to China like it’s their job. We applaud Cruz for continuing to criticize Hollywood for submitting to China in such blatant and disgusting ways.

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