A strange thing is happening in Hollywood, and it’s all because of the buying power that China possesses.
You see, China is an enormous nation with an absolutely gargantuan population. For decades, the Chinese people struggled financially, undoubtedly due to communism and the totalitarian whims of their oppressors.
But in recent years, citizens of the Asian superpower have found themselves with disposable income in ways never previously seen, turning the Chinese population into one of the world’s most vociferous consumers of entertainment.
The issue now is that the rest of the world appears to be censoring themselves in order to find their artistic endeavors in Chinese hands, thanks to the stringent cultural rules put in place by the government in Beijing.
One Hollywood director has had enough.
Hollywood director Judd Apatow has slammed Hollywood’s willingness to censor its content to appease China, saying that Beijing has successfully bought the “silence” of the industry’s power players on matters concerning human rights atrocities in the communist country.
In a preview of an upcoming interview for Mavericks with Ari Melber, Apatow — known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, and Talladega Nights — called out a “corporate type of censorship that people don’t really notice” for regimes such as communist China and the Saudi Arabian monarchy.
Apatow was genuinely incensed.
“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 just make so much money,” Apatow explained.
What Apatow described as “much scarier” is how Hollywood has “completely shut down critical content about human rights abuses in China” by refusing to cover and include those themes on screen.
“[If I said] I want to write a movie about the concentration camps in China and Muslims in concentration camps. I want to write a movie about someone who escapes, no one would buy the pitch,” the Girls creator said. “Instead of us doing business with China and that leading to China becoming more free, what has happened is a place like China has bought our silence with their money.”
Apatow’s criticism comes just months after the NBA was forced to do a little brown-nosing to China, after a tweet by a team owner showing support for Hong Kong’s democracy sparked a boycott of the entire league in China, impacting the organization’s bottom line.