Some people like Texas Senator Ted Cruz are at their limits with these Hollywood hypocrites.
The movies these hypocrites manufacture is an automobile assembly line of lazily piecing together themes like morality, political correctness and equality – when the reality is these are the same people who don’t practice what they preach.
And Sen. Ted Cruz just blasted Hollywood with one comment that will infuriate them.
Just before the 2019-2020 NBA regular season began in October of last year, a single tweet changed everything.
In early October, general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, wrote “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Now, on the surface this comment seems like a harmless innocuous pro-democracy sentiment, but that one tweet had intense repercussions that ultimately exposed Hollywood’s giant glaring hypocrisies.
At this time, Hong Kong citizens were feuding with the government because of the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation, which included the mainland in China and the Democratic Taiwan. These pro-democracy advocates feared the removal of the separation of the region’s jurisdiction from mainland laws administered by the People’s Republic of China.
This government/citizen tension escalated on the streets and it reached pinnacle peak of global news in October when many Americans sided with the protesters against the communist regime.
Most Americans agreed with Morey, but not the NBA. As it turned out, communist China condemned the tweets and suspended all cooperation with the Rockets.
And amid China’s successful censoring of Morey’s free speech (which worked), Hollywood’s hypocrisy was inadvertently exposed when the NBA bent over backwards to accommodate them, much like how Hollywood bows to the country’s censors.
When Carlson inquired about Hollywood movie studios bowing before their “Chinese Masters,” Cruz blasted Tinsel Town when he said, “Well, the problem of China generally is enormous. And I think this should be a wakeup call to the entire world, this pandemic that is playing out. The problem of censorship is a massive problem within China. China’s own censorship and cover up of this pandemic helped produce 257,000 deaths worldwide. And when it comes to Hollywood — Hollywood is not an innocent bystander here. Hollywood is fully complicit. Hollywood works with the Chinese censors. Hollywood has been willing over and over and over again. There’s so much money at stake.”
There were no lies detected in Cruz’s comments. How Hollywood produces movies is to appease Chinese censorship now, especially Disney, Hollywood’s biggest movie studio. They’re in the mass distribution content market, which means they need to avoid controversy at literally all costs.
Any other path would be detrimental to the studio’s bottom line.
Cruz also noted to Carlson, “You pointed out ‘Top Gun.’ I mean, think about that for a second. The original ‘Top Gun’ may have been the greatest Navy recruiting film ever made. They didn’t just change the Taiwanese flag. They also removed the Japanese flag. Both of them were in the back of Maverick’s jacket and the studios didn’t want to tick off the Chinese censors, so they pulled it down. What are we saying to the world? That Maverick is afraid of the Chinese communists? I’ll give you another example. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” fabulous movie, terrific biopic of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. The Chinese censors demanded that they edit out scenes showing that Freddie Mercury was gay, that he was homosexual. Now pause to think about how many Hollywood producers like to virtue signal about their courage and free speech and artistic integrity, and yet, they happily try to edit out the fact that Freddie Mercury is gay. I mean, that is — it’s extraordinary.”
It’s quite funny that Hollywood artists are notoriously obtuse when it comes to compromising their vision, that is, except to Chinese censors.
To be fair, not all of Hollywood is complicit. When Chinese censors asked Quentin Tarantino to remove the Bruce Lee sequence in his recent hit film “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” he refused. “South Park” also brutalized China, Hollywood and the NBA, which ultimately got them banned from the Chinese internet.
Hollywood, musicians, athletes and sports figures have ignited controversies for generations in American politics by wading into contested political issues, but they exclusively reserve that frustration for the United States government instead of redirecting it towards countries who don’t give its citizens proper freedoms.
That’s hypocrisy. You can’t have it both ways.