After claiming ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer removed Taiwanese flag from Tom Cruise’s jacket, film’s bold move could enrage China
Hollywood reportedly responded after frustration mounted over a missing patch of Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s character bomber jacket in “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to Tom Cruise’s classic 1986 film “Top Gun.”
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Fans would have noticed Maverick’s Taiwanese flag patch – which represented his father’s battleship tours of Taiwan and Japan between 1963 and 1964 – was missing from a 2019 trailer.
According The daily thread.
Critics thought the alleged takedown was potentially related to appease China, although no official explanation has been given. Others have speculated that, rather than an intentional removal, perhaps the flags were not seen appropriately in these new trailers.
Anyway, Mitchell, played by Cruise, had the Taiwanese patch on his jacket again when the movie was released last weekend, getting some interesting reactions.
There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket – except this time it’s endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (the screenshot on the right is from the new trailer). .. pic.twitter.com/gUxFNFNUKX
—Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) July 19, 2019
Vice reported the inclusion of Japanese and Taiwanese flags had Taiwanese moviegoers cheering and cheering. Some consider the move bold, though the producers have yet to explain the initial removal or return of the patches.
” This is unheard of. Major movie studios have never been shy about pandering to the Chinese market,” said film critic Ho Sie Bun. told VICE. “And even if it’s a simple scene, the editing is very expensive. So no one knows why they changed it.
Bloomberg, who said the film is unlikely to be released in China, warned the decision could “irritate China”, given the heated debate over Taiwanese territory, which China considers its own.
Taiwan, of course, sees itself as its own independent nation.
If the images were indeed removed and replaced, the decision is worth highlighting.
Like Faithwire reportedHollywood has a history of bowing down to China.
CNN’s Jake Tapper raged over the case last year, lambasting Hollywood and corporate America for reviewing Chinese Community Party atrocities.
“This year, the Trump and Biden administrations have asserted that China is committing, citing ‘genocide and crimes against humanity,'” Tapper said. said in december. “Of course, Apple and Nike claim to publicly denounce slave labor, but, to be clear, the behavior we see from corporate America is not about the survival of a company. It is dissatisfaction with only hundreds of millions of dollars, desiring billions of dollars instead. And these riches – they create blinders.
It will be interesting to see if there is an explanation from the producers of “Top Gun: Maverick” on the Taiwanese imagery. Either way, the movie is a smash hit.
The film reportedly grossed over $282 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
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