Art and Culture # 14: The CCP Restricting Art

22 Feb

For the Uncensored!

In all the moments of life, America, in all her glory, were for a long time, a dominant culture in terms of what art was being made, and how Europe and Asia do represent a large global appeal. Many books are translated into different languages, which helps strengthen your credibility in other cultures. I know that many who visit my page, are not located in America, specifically. 

            I remember when I was in Italy with my high school trip, and on the subway, I saw a woman reading the Da Vinci Code, in Italian. So, I do know that culture, when translated into other languages, does help your notoriety and accessibility. Being that I haven’t written in Italian in a long time, it would be a good thing to translate and make it available for others to read. 

            What I do know is that China, in all its glorious form, wanted to get into the film market. At one time, China dominates the film culture as they produce more than enough films to compete in the global market place. Lionsgate, Legendary Media, and Imagine Entertainment were bought by “David Chang and Tencent” (Garren, Matthew. Sender, Henny. “Chinese investors flood into Hollywood” Financial Times. 06/08/2016. https://archive.vn/oH3Hg. Found on Feb. 22, 2021).

Chinese audiences had never heard of Kevin Spacey until Netflix’s House of Cards hit streaming services. The money was even suspiciously printed, too. 

            China does create a healthy flow of movies, but they are extremely terrible, because of the Communists overseeing what a filmmaker can make. When the Ridley Scott Prometheus sequel, Alien Covenant was released, the CCP censored the infamous kiss scene between Michael Fassbender’s David 8 and Walter One. Being that they are both machines, it seems silly. Why would they do that?

            The Chinese do not believe in homosexuality and see it as a “figment of there imagination.” 

American studios placated the Chinese censor boards to have changed Freddie Mercury’s biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), starring Rami Malek, to censor out the gay details of his life, it seems backwards. But the CCP do not believe in freedom of speech either. The question is, if we are operating on a global market, should American studios self-censor for a wider market?

The terrible price that imagination pays when Communists censor American art is also another battle Hollywood didn’t push back against. But American studios who placate the censorship in China, don’t help the conversation either. 

            But don’t think your favorite films are guilty of this either.

            Even Marvel studios mega hit Black Panther (2018) was edited for China, as the hero, T’Challa, face was covered to hide his African descent. Wearing the head piece for the entire time. It seems unreal, and it should be. But this is far more insidious as America is bending over backwards to appeal to other countries, but also its self-censorship, and shows like South Park, struck back. 

            Banned in China, the infamous South Park 300th episode, which hilariously spoofs Randy’s involvement with the Chinese, to sell his weed, but deals with Stan, Kenny, Cartman, and Kyle’s relationship as they couldn’t write a movie that represented their lives, as the studio kept self-censoring them with a Chinese official looking over their shoulder, even erasing some with a pencil, but when he types, he deletes and writes over his words.  When Winnie the Pooh is banned in China, and people are thrown in jail for making jokes about the leader resembling Winnie the Pooh, we are in topsy turvy world.

            The Big Picture (2016), by Ben Fritz, and a strong recommendation for anyone who is interested in modern day filmmaking, presents the idea that regular Chinese middle class workers are interested in Art, and they have the money to do so. Apollo 13 and Avatar were huge commercial hits in China. Being that both films didn’t have overtly controversial themes, China is a big factor in the global market place.

            Even GTA 5 (2013), the popular video game, published by Rockstar Entertainment, comments on a fictional social media company that outsourced jobs to China, and one mission involves placing a detonation chip in the social media giants phone and when called, detonates and kills the social media giant. The reasons were that “he outsourced jobs to China.”

            But at what costs?

If America placates China, freedom of speech is then diluted. And the reason for placating the global markets censorship rules is that the art is not censored and they can distribute it. 

Quentin Tarantino, when asked to censor his film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019) for making fun of Bruce Lee, because he had an online spat with Bruce Lee’s daughter, then in turn snitched on him to the Chinese officials. His response to the Chinese people, after these demands were made, he told them to “steal the film” because he wasn’t going to take out the scene where Brad Pitt’s character, beats up the Bruce Lee character. (As an aside, it’s one of the dazzlingly choreographed fight scenes in Tarantino’s career).

Freedom of Speech cannot exist if we self-censor and give into the CCP’s demands. While this is all old news, the fight for freedom of speech requires that less works are translated into Mandarin, and doing less deals to placate there censorious business model. But the most dangerous model American’s practice is self-censorship. That must be avoided in artistic endeavors at all cost.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook.He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.

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