My wife and daughter attended a birthday party yesterday afternoon into the evening. That left my sons and I home. To celebrate, we moved four bookshelves upstairs from the room formerly known as the library to my office. And from the office, we moved two desks and attendant computers downstairs. And to unwind at the end of it all, I ordered pizza and we watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
One of the newest entries into the Marvel superheroes movies franchise, Shang-Chi was lively, interesting, and entertaining. But I found myself thinking, as I often do, about what the political implications of the film might be. More to the point, how did the film play in China?
It would seem from the Wikipedia article at least that it has not.
“In September 2021, Deadline Hollywood reported that a theatrical release in China was unlikely due to comments Liu made in an interview with the CBC in 2017, referencing negative comments from his parents about living in China.”
If the reports are true, then, this film was not shown in China because the CCP objects to the main star, Simu Liu, having referenced his parents views in an interview four years ago. And without looking those comments up, one could reasonably surmise that those comments from Liu’s parents were contrary to the party line.
There is, then, a philosophical and metaphysical conflict here. And I would draw your attention on this point to an article published yesterday in WORLD Magazine by Carl R. Trueman titled ‘Dueling Ideas of Reality’ in which the divide in America over abortion and LGBTQ really stems from a more fundamental divide over what it means to be human. This divide in turn stems from a more basic disagreement about God.
It always comes back to what we believe about God and ourselves and one another, it seems. And CCP censorship of major American corporations is no exception.
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