'Woke' At Home, 'Broke' On the Road: 5 Times Hollywood Censored Blockbuster Films to Appease Foreign Governments

Brittany M. Hughes | April 15, 2022
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Hollywood leftists are intent on shoving their radical LGBTQ agenda down your throat – and that of your children. From scrubbing their theme parks of “gendered language” like “boys and girls” to shoving gay and trans characters into children’s programming and advocating against laws that prohibit the sexualization of children in America’s public school classrooms, celebrities and production studios haven’t been shy about their “not-so-secret” gay agenda when it comes to indoctrinating your kids.

Unless, apparently, you’re in communist China or a Middle Eastern nation that persecutes gays and oppresses women.

Following the news this week that Warner Bros. had edited out allusions to a gay relationship in one of their latest blockbuster films to appease the Chinese government, here are just a few examples of how “woke” Hollywood is more than happy to stay asleep – if it means making millions of dollars off getting their films into foreign theaters.

1. Warner Bros. won’t “say gay” in China.

Just this past week, it was revealed that Warner Bros. edited out references to a gay relationship between Professor Albus Dumbledore and his lover-turned-enemy Grindlewald in their upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts 3: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” a prequel in the Harry Potter franchise. The edits came after a request from the anti-gay Chinese government.

2. Top Gun’s missing Taiwanese flag.

Paramount Pictures, in conjunction with Chinese-owned Tencent Pictures, appeared to have removed both the Taiwanese and Japanese flags from Tom Cruise’s jacket in their 2019 sequel to the iconic ‘80s movie “Top Gun,” so as not to offend the Chinese government.

3. Disney edits a same-sex kiss from “The Rise of Skywalker” for audiences in the Middle East.

The 2019 installment of the latest Star Wars trilogy included a quick kiss between two women – but you wouldn’t know that if you watched the movie in Dubai. The scene was reportedly cut before the film was released in those – and likely other – Middle Eastern theaters in line with their laws against homosexuality.


4. Doctor Strange forgets geography.

In the 2016 film, Marvel cast British actress Tilda Swinton to play “The Ancient One,” a character depicted in the original graphic novel as a Tibetan guru, in a switch that didn’t sit well with original fans of the story. By way of explanation, the studio openly admitted they went with a white woman over an Asian actor and had erased Doctor Strange’s Tibet-linked origin story for fear of upsetting the Chinese government and its people (who don’t particularly care for Tibet) and losing out on a piece of the multi-million-dollar Chinese box office.

5. "The Eternals" says "gay" - but just won't show it. 

In 2021, Disney publicly refused to fully edit out a gay relationship in the Marvel film “The Eternals” to appease Middle Eastern audiences, garnering the company praise from LGBTQ activists in the United States. Thanks to the company's decision, the film was ultimately banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain & Oman.

However, in a less reported move, Disney did agree to cut “scenes of intimacy” from the movie, according to Deadline. The edits allowed for the movie to air in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

So apparently, it’s OK to “say gay” – as long as you don’t show it.

Disney has also refused to comment on whether it will edit out a gay kiss in its upcoming Pixar film “Lightyear” to air in Middle Eastern theaters. The kiss, entirely unnecessary in a children’s movie about a fictional space ranger, was originally cut from the film before being added back in during Disney’s public fight with the state of Florida over its new Parental Rights in Education law.

In addition to scrubbing films of LGBTQ references and scenes, or omitting depictions of cultures and people that nations like China may find objectionable, Hollywood has a long and storied history of implementing changes, cuts, additions and product placements in their films to appease China and get their movies into the now-No. 1 box office market in the world.

Couple all this with Disney’s having filmed their blockbuster “Mulan” live-action remake in the same province in which the Chinese government has launched an all-out genocide against Uyghur Muslims, and it sure looks like the moral stand for “human rights” taken in Hollywood is nothing more than a virtue-signaling smokescreen.