Director Quentin Tarantino refused to recut his film “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” in order to gain approval from the oppressive regime in Beijing, known for censoring content.
“A source close to the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter that the auteur is taking a take-it-or-leave-it stance in the wake of Chinese regulators pulling the film from the schedule a week before its release in the country Oct. 25,” The Hollywood Reporter said.
The film, which stars such prominent actors as Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is on hold, and may not be released in China. The rift might be related to a bizarre tiff between Tarantino and the daughter of Bruce Lee.
“The decision to halt the release is speculated to be about Tarantino’s portrayal of the late martial arts hero Bruce Lee, who was of Chinese descent,” the report said. “As THR previously reported, sources close to Beijing-based Bona Film Group, which is one of the investors in the film, and China’s Film Bureau, say Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China’s National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father’s portrayal.
Tarantino has received criticism from those close to Lee, who describe his character as a “caricature” instead of a real human, which is apparently a large insult.
The censorship fight comes amid the exposure of China’s massive control over the United States’ entertainment industry, which has been a point of contention as the communist Beijing regime fights against democracy in Hong Kong. That fact was not lost on The Hollywood Reporter.
“In recent months, China has sought to exert greater control over the American entertainment sector, particularly when it comes the industry’s reaction to the situation in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters have faced a violent response from mainland-backed police forces,” the outlet’s report said.
Unfortunately, America’s entertainers in Hollywood and professional sports, known for giving their unsolicited opinions on politics when they can bash president Donald J. Trump (whom they claim is a fascist dictator) have failed to stand up to the actual dictatorship in Beijing. That, after all, could hurt their bottom line, and Hollywood types have outed themselves as cowards when it comes to actually taking a stand in the face of potential adversity.
The exception to that rule has been “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who have openly defied the Chinese regime after it banned their show, along with internet chat boards that reference the show.
Long-running animated series South Park continued its fight with the Chinese government in its 300th episode this week after the program was cutoff in China last week.
“In the episode, titled “SHOTS!!!,” Towelie forces Randy Marsh to declare ‘F— the Chinese government,’” Business Insider said. “Marsh is reluctant at first since he’s been selling marijuana in the country.”
“Band In China” also made fun of the Chinese government’s censorship of Winnie The Pooh, which has become a symbol of resistance against Beijing while protestors in Hong Kong fight for democracy.
Naturally, the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, known for their hard-headedness and frequent dustups with the established order, refused to take the ban lying down. They issued a mock apology to the Chinese government, and took a swing at the National Basketball Association (NBA) for kowtowing to the regime.
“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look just like Winnie the Pooh at all,” Stone and Parker said.
“Woke” National Basketball Association (NBA) players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry spoke out against Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protests before being censured by the league. The NBA does billions of dollars worth of business in China, and does not want to rock the boat.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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