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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

According to Judd Apatow, Hollywood's desire to bring home major box office wins in China and Saudi Arabia comes at the cost of meaningful and truthful content.


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"A lot of these giant corporate entities have business with countries around the world, Saudi Arabia or China, and they're just not going to criticize them and they're not going to let their shows criticize them or they're not going to air documentaries that go deep into truthful areas because they make so much money," Apatow told the MSNBC host.

Apatow added that such censorship "completely shut(s) down critical content" about important stories including those spotlighting human rights issues in aforementioned countries. He went on to single out China, noting that the country's ability to block off investigative documentaries and films criticizing the nation and its leadership warrants concern.


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Corporate Capitalism says what?
Actors might be liberal social justice warriors, but Hollywood is about making money.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2020-09-16 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's been this way for a while now.

remember how the free tibet movement was once popular in hollywood?

china wanted it to go away.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2020-09-16 01:34 PM | Reply

Could be a mirror to the NBA / China relationship.

Houston Rockets GM speaks out about Hong Kong. ( October 6, 2019 )

NBA (and Labron) tell Rockets GM to stand down. ( October 15,2019 )

What was the tweet that was so bad? The rockets GM supported protesters.

Why did the NBA get so upset?

Money Money Money Money Muuuuuney.

#3 | Posted by rhet at 2020-09-16 03:54 PM | Reply

Hollywood is making more money on ticket sales in China than America. (Pre COVID-19 America)

It's the reason why plots have become secondary to special effects and action in Hollywood blockbusters movies.

The less dialogue there is. The broader the market can be.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-09-16 04:49 PM | Reply


Interestingly, a friend of mine in business affairs at Disney was saying the same thing, she also said that much of the film finance pitches are "framed" in such a way to not offend potential Chinese investors.

#5 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-09-17 05:27 PM | Reply

South park did like a full season story arc about this a year or few ago.

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-09-17 11:10 PM | Reply

It's almost like selling out is profitable, and it's even more profitable when you're already very rich to begin with.

My favorite is the claim that commercial engagement will help end totalitarianism by spreading the virtues of free market into totalitarian regimes.
You hear that from both Republicans and the corporations themselves, even the ones supposedly run by liberals.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-17 11:42 PM | Reply

even the ones supposedly run by liberals.
#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-09-17 11:42 PM | FLAG:

Shame there's not a liberal party that's popular.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-09-18 10:15 AM | Reply

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