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The Outkick has an interesting story about someone actually saying no to China’s censorship obsession?
Sony Pictures reportedly took a stand against China’s censorship during the December 2021 release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Per Hollywood trade publication, Puck, Sony Pictures refused to make changes to the blockbuster movie in order to secure a release in China. At the heart of the movie’s climax are patriotic scenes at the Statue of Liberty, which didn’t sit well with China’s National Film Administration, which answers to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Well, good for Sony, their balls are far larger than John Cena’s and many corporate cowards who think freedom is OK, but cash is better somehow. But, it gets better`
The CCP asked Sony Pictures to remove scenes that showed Peter Parker and co. fighting the villains on top of the Statue of Liberty. Sony Pictures did not oblige.
So the CCP attempted to come to a compromise. They asked Sony Pictures to minimize or darken the statue so that it wouldn’t be as noticeable. Once again, Sony Pictures stood its ground. As a result, the movie was banned in China.
Bravo! Sony lost some serious coin on this BUT, they still made a cool $800, million, so….Suck it China!