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.@PENamerica publishd explosive report that may put Hollywood on defensive.Titled "Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing," 94pg study details how mjr studios & directors increasingly make dcsns "based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials."…
When was the last time you saw a movie about Tibet, human rights in China or even a film with a slightly negative Chinese character?
Paramount told producers of 2013's World War Z to remove scene in which characters speculate that a virus, which triggered zombie apocalypse, may hv originated in China. Film grossed $540mln globally, nvr received release in China, likely bcuz govt frowns upon themes of undead...
"Our biggest concern is that Hollywood is increasingly normalizing preemptive self-censorship in anticipation of what Beijing censor is looking for."
USC prof Stan Rosen, an expert on China's film industry, calls censorshp criticism "a perfect storm" that will put spotlight on the entertainment industry. "It's going to get harder and harder for Hollywood to not respond," Rosen notes.
Evn more immediate,industry could be stuck w/ damning label when it comes to its relationshp w/ China: hypocritical."Hollywood enjoys a reputation as being willing to speak truth to power w/ its own govt, which we applaud. We just want that standard 2B applied to rest of world."
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