China has stepped up censorship of American movies, ranging from removing a few scenes to banning an entire movie in recent times. The movement that poses the risk of a spiral of polarity in the world has seen many movie scripts altered to suit the needs of the “dragon”.
The restrictions have not only been limited to feature films and productions, but have also been extended to many Hollywood celebrities, including some fan-favorite actors. In particular, the Asian giant has a gigantic film market valued at more than 7.4 billion dollars.
Hollywood actors banned by China
Brad Pitt: In 1997, Pitt played the role of the 14th Dalai Lama’s tutor in the film Seven years. The film, however, offended the ruling Communist Party for its portrayal of the Chinese occupation of the Tibetan Plateau. As a result, the Hollywood megastar faced a ban on entering Chinese territory, which was only lifted in 2016.
Richard Gere: At the 1993 Oscars, Gere gave an impromptu speech about the human rights abuses China had inflicted on Tibet. As a result, Beijing imposed a ban on the actor. Many major studios have also stopped carrying Gere as they want Chinese distribution to boost their profits.
Sharon Stone: In 2008, Stone, during a speech at the Cannes Film Festival, said the Sichuan earthquake was the result of bad karma accumulated by the Chinese for oppressing the Dalai Lama. The natural disaster had killed at least 90,000 people.
Harrison Ford: In 1992, Ford – a human rights defender – was involved in Tibetan issues. Meanwhile, his then-wife Melissa Matheson worked with Martin Scorsese on the film’s script. Kundun which focused on the story of the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1995, Ford testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the need for Tibetan independence and pointed out all the human rights abuses in China. Since then, the couple have been banned from entering China.
Anastasia Lin: In 2016, Lin starred in The bleeding edge, a Canadian-Chinese film about human rights abuses in China. Lin-a Chinese-Canadian citizen has been involved in multiple campaigns calling out Beijing for its gross human rights abuses.