• Scorch! Filmmaker Judd Apatow Lets Tinsel Town Have It Over China Kowtowing

    Surge Summary: Celebrity Judd Apatow takes a swipe at Hollywood’s movers and shakers for staying mum about China’s human rights abuses. Good for him!

    Filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow has called out fellow Hollywood Bigs for bending to China to protect their own money interests, turning a blind eye to the nation’s human rights abuses.

    Mairead McArdle/National Review writes:

    “I think it happened very slowly and insidiously,” Apatow told The New Yorker in an interview published Monday. “You would not see a major film company or studio make a movie that has story lines which are critical of countries with major markets or investors.”

    (We mustn’t forget the NBA lately has confirmed it’s not just La Land that is engaging in a groveling Sino-philia. See below.)

    “The result is, there are a million or more Muslims in reeducation camps in China, and you don’t really hear much about it,” he added, referring to the Chinese government’s  detention of roughly one million Uighur Muslims, whose culture Beijing has chosen to suppress in the name of national cohesion.

    Apatow got specific. Tinsel Town moralizers are renowned for their vapid platitudes, but he didn’t go that route, specifically and favorably mentioning writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s refusal in October to alter the Chinese version of his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The family of Bruce Lee groused about how the late martial arts star was depicted in the movie, and China canceled its release in response.

    “Quentin Tarantino is successful enough, and has the power and final cut, but very few people are in that position of strength,” Apatow explained. “What you don’t hear about is all of the ideas that get killed at the earliest pitch stage, at all of the studios and networks, because people don’t even want to consider dealing with it.”

    China, of course, has previously exerted its influence over American news and entertainment industries as well as other manipulators of Western culture. Its objective? To shape a more benevolent China image for consumption by the rest of the world.

    President Xi Jinping has emphasized the necessity to “tell China’s story well.”

    That is to say, to withhold any information which might reflect unflatteringly on the ruthless, godless, Communist regime.

    In October, some Chinese partners of the NBA pulled their sponsorships after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted and deleted a logo with the phrase, “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” a reference to the pro-democracy protesters in the China-governed territory. The NBA then released an apologetic statement distancing itself from Morey’s tweet, prompting severe criticism in the U.S.

    A disgusting moment – and one which, it seems, didn’t inspire the film and TV industry to take a stand.

    Ten-thousand points to Judd Apatow for cutting against the “woke” grain and speaking truth to nefarious power – both in China and in his own professional backyard. Hopefully, his courage will catch on among his culture-influencing colleagues.

    H/T: Mairead McArdle/National Review

    Image: Judd Apatow, 2012; Creative Commons; CC by 2.0; https://www.flickr.com/photos/23302147@N08/6717532497/

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