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LeYanYan

As a frenchie I take it personally.


g-dex17

Why would they ask for the Statue of Liberty to be censored? It’s literally the most iconic monument in the city/country where the movie takes place, and almost every Chinese viewer is sure to have seen it before in some form. It’s like censoring the Great Wall or the Forbidden City in a movie that is set in China.


kenshinero

They didn't want to outright block the release of the movie in China and explain it's because "fuck you Hollywood". So instead they just made a "just one request" that was impossible to comply so they can blame it on Hollywood. Next Spiderman movie: > we habe only one request: no super hero in the movie


Academic_Clerk_1137

Probably because they think it will create some sort of admiration for American culture which they so desperately want the people to hate.


Tonyoh87

That's not probably, that's certain.


canthelptbutsea

just like it's certain that having three spidermans on top of the statue of liberty is good propaganda and a good breach into the subconcious of people


themonovingian

Because successful and free democratic countries threaten China's authoritarian narratives. The Statue of Liberty is an iconic part of our American narrative, and it conflicts with theirs.


chewyyy1987

Because FK America right now lol


Smart_Day_5412

In that case they will say it’s racist.


JayThaGrappla

I'm in China and I didn't even know this 🤣 I know they never released Shang Chi here because a bus driver had 8964 on patch, June 6 1989 was the Tiananmen Square massacre. Thank Lady Liberty for streaming sites online! I might see it late, but better late than never.


FPGAdood

I'm pretty sure they added the badge afterwards. Simu Liu talked about how his ancestors were starving in China so that's why they didn't originally approve it.


LYGERless

Nah, they just didn't like Simu Liu saying at some point in his personal life before the movie that he didn't support the CCP. For the badge, I love that it's in there, but it could have easily been edited out for a Chinese release.


LeYanYan

Same goes for that line, tho.


Training-Parsnip

ROFL is that for real? I didn’t even notice! Mad respect to marvel or at least the editors/costume/director for sneaking that in!!


WildHebeiMan

https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/qs7ene/this_is_why_shangchi_will_not_release_in_china_at/


commentherapy

Good on the producers for not removing the Statue of Liberty! The integrity of the Spiderman movies is secured, thank God. Chinese censorship is crazy, ain't it? It's almost like it's like "1984" over there--a dystopian nightmare! Really crazy. Glad I'm over here in my country so I can watch these Spiderman movies that I enjoy so much.


vibranium-501

Thats not why they did it. They did it because removing the statue of liberty would require that half the movie to be edited. If it was simple Sony would have done it.


commentherapy

You're probably right. I made a few assumptions before I wrote my reddit comment, and I should've done at least a little check up before I hit send. But I wanted people to hear what I had to say on this matter, regardless of the truth. This is reddit, after all. Thank you for the correction.


yhons

R/literally1984


SupremeLeaderXi

[Funny you should mention 1984..](https://reddit.com/r/China/comments/ua3s4w/today_is_world_reading_day_chinas_largest_online/)


emancipation9

it seems it's still there https://www.douban.com/search?q=1984


SupremeLeaderXi

Yes, [as I mentioned in my update](https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/ua3s4w/comment/i5v9sa3/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3). Notice how there are [no more comments since April 23th](https://book.douban.com/subject/4820710/comments/?sort=time&status=P).


commentherapy

"1984" is my favorite book. I especially love the part about Julia's hips.


SupremeLeaderXi

Not sure if I misunderstood you or not, but I was not doubting you for mentioning 1984. I was referring to the madness that China censored 1984 on literally the World Reading Day, if you check my link.


renderman1

Theres an interesting book called [Red Carpet: Hollywood, China and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy](https://www.amazon.com/Red-Carpet-Hollywood-Cultural-Supremacy/dp/1984878999) that goes into great detail about this topic.


[deleted]

Seems like something that a confident country would do.


Krappatoa

What was wrong with the Statue of Liberty?


LeYanYan

Her name, I guess.


Tonyoh87

Also some historical ties: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddess\_of\_Democracy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddess_of_Democracy) It was used during Tiannamen protests of 1989 so it is seen as being subversive.


LeYanYan

Interesting, thanks.


SFLADC2

Goddess of democracy was a separate thing as far as I'm aware, but there's definitely some visual similarities it evokes


BillyBattsShinebox

Probably bullshit. Most of these giant, super popular blockbuster movies aren't being released in China anymore just because they want people to watch shitty Chinese movies instead.


BalboaBaggins

What the hell is Puck News? Never heard of it before today and the article just cites “multiple [unnamed] sources”


Addahn

Outside of the moral outrage with this, how could they feasibly remove the Statue of Liberty? The *spoiler alert* final fight of the movie takes place on it. It’s not a simple ‘just cut out these 5 seconds of film’ to fix, it would require reshooting the entire last 20 minutes.


brokenladder24

You can buy 自由女神 related stuff on taobao. There's tons of it. I'm not sure that this was the reason for the film not being released. Any other proof besides a tweet from some account? Chinese people aren't morons, they know what the statue of liberty is. They've seen it in a bunch of movies. You can see it in Titanic on the Chinese roku app... Edit: 自由女神 lady liberty


Anti_Wasabi

But the government administrations have the tendency to be morons. The recent Harry Potter had been censored because of 3 seconds of „gayishness“. I have watched many movies abroad and then again in China, and it’s incredible how much film makers have to censor. When the film administration calls you to change something small, you better perform or the movie won’t be released.


brokenladder24

Yeah, that they do. I've been here a long time. I'm not as jaded as I used to be. Moving to a coastal city has improved my life here drastically. The ocean is healing. They do censor a lot, and I agree with what you are saying. I'm usually kind of negative when it comes to the government here and stuff. I was mostly curious to the actual reason for the film not being released. I don't know too much about it.


DinoLam2000223

Actually since marvel phrase 4, there were not a single film introduced in China lmao


LiVeRPoOlDOnTDiVE

Sadly they still choose to kowtow to China.. Moon Knight for instance failed to acknowledge Mao Zedong during a scene where the bad guy talked about how a certain God would've been able to prevent Hitler, Nero, the Armenian genocide and Pol Pot.


CeeKai

Neglected Stalin too did they?


player89283517

?? How do you even still have a film when you remove the Statue of Liberty? The plot would make no sense


heels_n_skirt

Spiderman is made in USA not China. Glad they stick it to the dictator


Tokoyami8711

Any company or anything need to not cater to the petty ccp and the pitiful winnie the pooh. All they do is promote an immature shallow way of life, where all thst matters in life is the made up ego driven image in your head.


DC_CELL

of course, from a nation with no liberty


leeloy2018

totally bullshit. any reliable source for this news?


UristUrist

Anything negative will be gobbled up as truth. Vice versa by the Chinese about the U.S. We should be better.


menimaailmanympari

Lol even the VIPKID curriculum had a “the statue of Liberty is a symbol of America and freedom” slide in the mix


No-Swordfish9629

Plot twist: they hated the movie, but didn't want to lose face because one of Shit Ping's nephews enjoyed it; so they made a ridiculous request... no?


mansotired

there has been less American films released now in China in recent years and i do feel young people are less interested in western culture now?


ReeceyReeceReece

The biggest joke is that the climactic final fight in the photo happens on the statue of liberty. Would literally have to change the ending. Guess it is all CGI anyways


SpiritualSkin2887

Is there another source for this? Haven’t heard of Puck News


cizzio6

Next spider man will take place in a multiverse where China took over the world…