Last week, we reported that China has created a controversy in the recent trailer of a Hollywood film named ‘Top Gun’. While this movie was first released in 1994, its second part will be released in 2020. As a part of this, the trailer of ‘Top Gun’ was released earlier this month. However, there was a glaring omission when we compare the Top Gun released in 1994 and Top Gun 2 trailer released this month.
This was the censoring of Japan and Taiwanese flags from the jacket of Top Gun’s character. While the flags were present in 1994, they are nowhere to be seen in the trailer and most likely won’t be present in the film too. On further evidence, it was found that China is behind the censor because Tencent has partnered with Paramount Pictures for the production of this film.
Now, this has not gone down well with some of the US senators too. They say that Hollywood is now enabling the Chinese repression on Taiwan due to this incident. US Senator Ted Cruz said:
“Top Gun is an American classic, and it’s incredibly disappointing to see Hollywood elites appease the Chinese Communist Party. The Party uses China’s economy to silence dissent against its brutal repression and to erode the sovereignty of American allies like Taiwan. Hollywood is afraid to stand up for free speech and is enabling the Party’s campaign against Taiwan.”
A senior congressional official, who remains anonymous, is said to be looking into the matter of Chinese influence in entertainment media of the US and also adds that “This Top Gun controversy isn’t a military attack or anything like that, but it’s so brazen and outrageous that maybe a few more people will pay attention. The current situation, where China slowly gets Americans to self-censor, just isn’t sustainable,” “It sucks” says Senator Lindsey Graham on this incident.