If you’re not afraid of the rising Chinese threat, you’re not paying attention. Now our very own American culture is under attack by the communist regime, and an insider in the highest ranks of the United States government has been helping them do this for years.
When former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for his old boss’s job, hosted Xi Jinping on a visit to America shortly before his election to the Chinese presidency, the trip appeared to turn into something more than a simple diplomatic meeting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the visit saw Democratic megadonor and Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg score an incredibly lucrative deal that would open China’s market to his company’s films.
Katzenberg is now seemingly returning the favor, and recently co-hosted a fundraiser for Biden that raked in over $700,000.
Although it may seem like exporting U.S. culture is a net win for freedom and democracy, the toll it takes on our own image is more damaging than it seems.
China is extremely selective about foreign films allowed into the country, and only a handful are picked each year. Although no official Chinese Communist Party doctrine outlines selection criteria, movies that portray the Chinese in a favorable light often have a better shot at foreign release.
Take for example the film “2012.” In the movie, the Chinese government and military play a central role in protecting humanity from a series of cataclysmic natural disasters. Out of every foreign country where the movie was released, the Chinese market ended up being the most lucrative.
“The Martian,” another film where the Chinese save the day, saw nearly $100 million from China alone. But the problem here isn’t with directors and producers getting cozy with the idea of a friendly, benevolent China. The real problem is when they begin to make blatant changes in line with China’s censorship obsession.
Tom Cruise’s infamous leather jacket in “Top Gun” got a Communist Party makeover, with the removal of the Japanese and Taiwanese flags, both replaced with seemingly meaningless shapes.
There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket – only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)… pic.twitter.com/gUxFNFNUKX
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) July 19, 2019
Tencent Pictures, a major investor and production asset for the film, is a Chinese company that is so dedicated to the Communist Party, they organized their own internal Communist Party committees to consult on matters and keep the values of the party in the forefront.
Although the enemy MiGs in the original “Top Gun” weren’t explicitly Soviet, the symbol on the fighters’ tails looks suspiciously like those on Chinese air force jets: A red star with yellow detail. Now, the sequel will be produced in part by a company with its own internal Communist censors.
Let that sink in.
But for Hollywood, the dollar signs are big enough to overlook the damage they are doing to their own independence. And there’s one candidate who stands to help foster Hollywood and Communist China’s close relationship.
“Joe was our champion inside the White House,” Former Senator Christopher Dodd, also a prominent lobbyist for Motion Picture Association of America, said.
“There is no question about it. Even before Joe Biden decided to run, I would get calls and have conversation with the major studio figures, with them saying, ‘You tell Vice President Biden 100% we want him to run.’”
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