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US Wimps Out

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2011

There was this flick back in the ’80s, it was called Red Dawn and was about the Dreaded Ruskies attacking the land of the free and the brave. It’s now being re-done and the logical new enemy would have been China, but the wimps in Hollywood backed off and now the enemy is North Korea. Hmmm, yeah that’s a likely scenariao Hollywood, a bunch of half starved Koreans make it all the way to Canada then drop down to invade the USA, excellent job….
Why they kowtowed to the evil empire from here
That’s the subtext of this week’s Los Angeles Times report about MGM taking “the extraordinary step” of digitally removing fictional Chinese villains from the $60 million film “lest the leadership in Beijing be offended.” Why the fear of upsetting such an odiously anti-democratic government? Because movie executives worry that a film involving a negative message about China “would harm their ability to do business” with a nation that is among the “most lucrative markets for American movies.”

The studio suits are right to be concerned. China’s government only allows about 20 non-Chinese movies per year into its theaters, and in the 1990s, the regime halted Walt Disney, Sony and MGM business in the country after those companies produced films deemed critical of China.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/24/EDO21IISNS.DTL#ixzz1HZVBj02c

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