Sony Says No to China, Refuses to Remove Statue of Liberty from Latest Spider-Man Film – Opinion

Sony decided to not release the latest Spider-Man film in a departure from its usual corporate cowardice towards China. Spider-Man: Spider-Man is not coming home.After that, China refused to remove the Statue of Liberty. National Review, Puck:

When Sony refused to delete the statue from the movie, Chinese authorities asked if the company could diminish the statue’s presence. Sources said that Sony had considered this request. PuckThe movie was not released in China after it was edited by a Chinese censor. It’s unclear whether Chinese censors blocked the movie’s release or if Sony preemptively opted against releasing it.

I freely admit the last thing I saw with Spider-Man in it was the 1960s cartoon series, so I’ll take the author’s word that the Statue of Liberty plays a vital role in the movie’s climactic scene. Also, based on the above quote, it’s possible China was the one saying “naah” to the film’s release there and not Sony. Sony’s decision to say uh-uh makes sense, however, considering that both the first and second installments of the series made more than $100M in China. If a modification to diminish Lady Libertas’ cameo without wrecking the entire plot was possible, Sony most likely would have chosen that route. It is enough to do some OT in the CGI laboratory.

Whether Sony said no because they weren’t in the mood to re-do a chunk of the film, were sick of Chinese censorship, or both remains a mystery as the studio isn’t talking. It is likely that a large international corporation instructed China to bend. Sure, the movie has made some $1.9B worldwide, so it’s not as if the film flopped without revenue from the Shanghai Bijou. China was still told by someone to keep going and continue spending yuan.

Given the draconian Internet restrictions China imposes on its serfs … er, citizens, it’s doubtful most Peter Parker partisans there so much as know there is a new Spider-Man movie. However, it is possible to imagine a Chinese population with enough tech skills to bypass the restrictions and access the movie online. Once you’re done, the question of what type of government would arise. These seeds can be planted to realize freedom dreams.

Bravo to Sony for calling out the Chinese and placing principle above profit. Although I wish that someone at Sony, just to create some excitement, would have said to the Chinese censors, “Sure — give us a few to change statues,” and then brought along cameras to capture the Chinese reaction when the dramatic fight scene took place …

… on the Goddess of Democracy.

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