What Censorship Looks Like

Jun 6 2012 @ 6:37pm

Sonny Bunch asks why there is little outrage about Chinese censorship of American films:

Few of our pop culture mavens seem to think that it’s a particularly big deal that movie studios are clawing each other’s eyes out—and cutting anything the Chinese deem unacceptable—to get one of the limited licenses to show their films in China. None of our nation’s prominent cultural bloggers seem particularly upset that a nation committed to censoring cultural products it proclaims unfit for consumption is forming the world’s largest chain of theaters.

Instead of getting worked up about The Weinstein Company taking a minor economic hit because one of their documentaries is rated R instead of PG-13, wouldn’t it make more sense to get worked up about a growing superpower committed to telling our film studios what they can and cannot show?