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He doesn’t want the Statue of Liberty to be visible

China and Hollywood used to have a symbiotic relationship. Hollywood premiered massive blockbusters to Asian powerhouses, made huge profits, the public was delighted, and Chinese theater owners – like big companies– They were doing very well, increasing the collection with every film.

Well, the “marriage” is falling apart …

Sony CEO, Tom Rothman refused to make such a major change in the film, as the entire ending of the story would have to be removed. And probably the best moments.

Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tom Holland at the "Spider-Man: No Way Home" world premiere.  ap photo

Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tom Holland at the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” world premiere. ap photo

That is, China’s censorship—this is the body whose censors are responsible for raising or lowering the thumb for every potential western premier in their region— has petitioned Sony Pictures to “erase” the iconic Statue of Liberty, as it appears in Spider-Man: No Way Home ,Spider-Man: No Way Home,

Facing the denial of powerful Hollywood studios, censors were not satisfied to ask if they could Reduce the time of the idol sequence.

The requests for Chinese censorship didn’t stop there: He even asked the studio Cut shots in which the film’s protagonist, Tom Holland, appears above the crown.

What’s more, the request included dimming the lighting around the iconic monument. Once again Sony refused to make all these cuts.

symbolic power

The Statue of Liberty—a gift from the French government in 1886—is a patriotic landmark that extends beyond New York and includes the United States as a nation. A symbol of freedom, justice and most importantly democracy. All the notions that conflict with authoritarian and oppressive governments, which is why China objected to his inclusion in the film.

you have to remember that Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) premiered in China: first gross $116 million in that country, while the other received $198 million,

Thus, Disney and Sony forfeited about 200 or 250 million with the third, but given that they have received $1,892 million in the rest of the worldThey couldn’t care much.

even against disney

Disney is also seeing its own Marvel movies getting banned To refuse to edit the content. it happens Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Due to the brief LGBTQ+ elements in the film (12-second sequence) in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar.

film too May not release in China Due to the promotion of an international media outlet that criticizes the Chinese government.

Faced with these censorship restrictions, Hollywood would have to accept the loss of a major market in terms of box office receipts. Sometimes the big studios depended too much on China. These days it’s starting to assimilate that they won’t have billions of dollars available in that market in the future. at least for now.


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Reference from clarin www.clarin.com

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