When you tick off the powers-that-be in China, just know you’re doing something right. In order to maintain a certain level of sovereignty, you need to have somewhat of a culture that celebrates itself. And if that culture happens to be old school, traditional Americana, be content in knowing that China won’t be happy about it.
Chinese tech firm and production company Tencent Holdings Ltd. has withdrawn its financial support of the new Tom Cruise-led flick, “Top Gun: Maverick.” The film is a sequel being released 36 years after the original “Top Gun.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tencent has pulled its funding because the new film portrays the American military in a positive light.
The reason: Tencent executives backed out of the $170 million Paramount Pictures production after they grew concerned that Communist Party officials in Beijing would be angry about the company’s affiliation with a movie celebrating the American military, according to people familiar with the matter.
Association with a pro-American story grew radioactive as relations between the U.S. and China devolved, the people added. The about-face turned “Top Gun: Maverick” from a movie that once symbolized deepening ties between China and Hollywood into a fresh example of the broader tensions forming between the U.S. and China.
What did Tencent think was going to be the attitude towards American military in a movie about people in the American military? Did they think the American soldiers were going to turn on themselves or something?
Did they see the original?
Maybe, just maybe, American movie companies need to begin making movies for American audiences again so that we get more than two or three decent movies in an entire calendar year.
When you watched old Kung Fu movies made in China back in the day, did you expect to see them run down their own country? Of course not. But, communists are stupid and don’t understand pride in anything other than their authoritarian wants and needs.
Oh well. This is just more incentive to go see a movie that isn’t afraid to be pro-American.
For the trailer of "Top Gun: Maverick," watch below: